Images of the cold war:
projection of the confrontation politics on the screen

For citation:

Fyodorov A.V. Images of the cold war: projection of the confrontation politics on the screen . – Polis. Political Studies. 2010. No. 4. P. 48-64. (In Russ.)


For many years in the Soviet period of its history, our country’s cinema was, as is demonstrated in the article, was regularly creating the screen image of hostile America and of hostile Western world as a whole, with their urban “yellow devil”, i.e. exultant spirit of greed, hatred, racism, militarism, corruption, depravity, humiliation of ordinary working people’s dignity, etc. Sometimes it was novels by classics of American critical realism that were used as the literary basis for this kind of cinematographic production. But more often exposing stories were made up just straight off. The main purpose was to bring home to the public the view of horrors and evils of the inevitably decaying West. On the other hand, in the West – exactly as opposed to the above – the image of hostile Russia was being drawn up, aggressive, armed to the teeth, but, as for all the rest, economically backward and totalitarian, with its cold expanse of snow, with its poor population, brutally suppressed by malicious and perfidious communists, bogged down in corruption and depravity. The main purpose was similar – to bring home to Western viewers the thought of horrors and evils of inevitably decaying Russia…

image of Russia; western screen; ideological confrontation; cold war .

Content No. 4, 2010

See also:

Oznobishchev S.K.,
“The New Cold War”: Reminiscences about the Future. – Polis. Political Studies. 2016. No1

Pishcheva T.N., Vinogradova N.S., Nedova A.D.,
The image of Russia through prisms of political communications. – Polis. Political Studies. 2010. No4

Kazarinova D.B.,
Cold War and Peace: “Russia Against the Rest” and Four World Orders of R. Sakwa. – Polis. Political Studies. 2018. No4

Kasamara V.A., Sorokina A.A.,
Image of Russia in the discourse of political elite and of the homeless. – Polis. Political Studies. 2011. No4

Round Table of the «Polis» Journal, Medoeva Z.G., Vasilenko I.A., Malysheva E.M., Hawer-Tukarkina O.M., Chugrov S.V.,
The image of Russia: deficit of «soft power»?. – Polis. Political Studies. 2013. No4



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