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Old 27-09-2004, 17:54   #1
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Classic Films and the Cold War

Having watched The Manchurian Candidate it got me thinking whether the film would have been made had it not been for the Cold War? Which leads to the question what other films probably wouldn't have seen the light of day had it not been for the Cold War? Would Dr Stangelove have been made? What about the Bond Franchise? Then there's countless sci-fi classics from the 50's such as Invasion of the Bodysnatchers. What other films can people think of?
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Old 27-09-2004, 19:54   #2
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Invasion USA (1953)
Them! (1954)
Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Kiss me Deadly (1955)
The War Game (1965)
X the Unknown (1956)
The Trollenberg Terror (1958)
Quatermass 2 (1957)
The Damned (1961) - Hammer film version directed by Joseph Losey.


All I can think of at the mo'. There is a book about holocaust movies and the end of cinema- can't think of the author off the top of my head, but will get back....


..it was Kim Newman although the title elludes me still.....

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Old 27-09-2004, 21:25   #3
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The spy who came in from the cold - a brilliant movie and one of Burtons best performances; cynical and knowing. The Bedford Incident - Richard widmark as the quintessential Cold warrior.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers has lots of paranoia - very 50's.

The Day the Earth Stood Still - still very 50's with it's threat of total destruction.

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The book Reedo refers to is Apocalypse Movies by Kim Newman. It's recommended as is any film book by this author.
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Not "classic" per se but:

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The book Reedo refers to is Apocalypse Movies by Kim Newman. It's recommended as is any film book by this author.

Thanks for that the title escaped me for a bit...have a copy indoors somewhere and just found it this morning. Top man Mr Newman, always a pleasure to read as well as listen to. A man of good taste and still dresses like he is in the later part of the 1800's
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1, 2, 3 - Wilder's superb cold war satire.
Fail-Safe - the scariest of all cold war films IMHO.
Seven Days in May - the second scariest.
Funeral in Berlin
The Iron Petticoat
- they'll stop being commies when they fall in love with us.
Strategic Air Command - strange - and confusing - flag waving propaganda from Mann / Stewart
A Gathering of Eagles - more 'America rules the skies'.
The Hunters - Koreans - but they're all Reds - and one of the best flying pictures ever.
The Green Berets - John Wayne kicking red ass in this 'domino theory' war film.

EDIT - nearly forgot the Halas & Batchelor version of Animal Farm; this cartoon version (Britain's first full-length) of Orwell's black vision of Stalinism was part funded by the CIA!
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May I also add to the list the Boulting Brothers 'Seven Days to Noon' the story of and atomic scientist who takes it upon himself to threaten London with a Nuclear device stored in a briefcase - gripping stuff.
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Fourth Protocol
Parallax view
3 days of the Condor
Rocky IV
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Ken Loach's superb "Hidden Agenda", which extends from being a story about British policy in Northern Ireland into a truly terrifying piece of speculation about the impact of cold war attitudes upon British democracy in the 1970s.

Costa-Gavras' "State Of Siege", "Missing", Roger Spottiswoode's underrated "Under Fire" and Oliver Stone's quite brilliant "Salvador" - CIA policy in Latin America as a direct result of Cold War attitudes.

By extension, any film about the Nixon administration - particularly "Nixon" and "All The President's Men". Watergate stemmed from CREEP which had its origins in the Pentagon Papers debacle directly caused by Vietnam.

As for "Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers", I think it's a very clever film which works as both a McCarthyite tract and as a liberal critique of the McCarthy era. The key, perhaps, lies in the combination of Walter Wanger's extreme rightism and Don Siegel's die-hard liberalism.

Several Vietnam-era Westerns spring to mind, none more so than "Ulzana's Raid" and "Little Big Man"
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The Bridges at Toko-Ri is THE best cold war flying movie.
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