In this essay I will analyze two Cold War American Films, War Games and Dr.Strangelove. Both of these films portray the cold war era, where it was uncertain when and if nuclear fallout would happen. I will start off by giving a brief summary of both films. Then talk about some cold war culture such as posters, TV shows, and historical events discussed in class, as well as some aspects of plot in the films, such as the leaders in power in each film and finally compare both films to the culture shown and argue that they both accurately portrayed it.
A"After the end of World War II, the world was split into two -- East and West. This marked the beginning of the era called the Cold War" The Cold War was a war based on ideologies. The United States of America representing freedom and democracy and Russia representing order and socialism. These separated ideals is what started the deadliest competition in history, where both sides gathered intelligence on how other side was progressing and used that information as leverage against the other, this is known as Espionage. Espionage by definition is “The practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information”. This documentary will uncover the phenomenon of the cold war that is more
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is a dark comedy film by Stanley Kubrick. The film deals with nuclear war which was a hot topic during the 50 's and 60 's. Americans were very paranoid about communists and nuclear war at this time. This film shows how ridiculous the paranoia about nuclear war through a sexual relationship allegory. The allegory deals with the masculine and the feminine. The masculine is an important part of the nuclear war efforts while the feminine takes a backseat. The feminine is displayed in men as a negative. The sexual allegory becomes funny through
This movie mad a lot of money. You can look at it from two different view points a child’s view point of it being funny and a nice entertainment or looking at it from a working view point and you seeing it as being apart of
In the 1990’s, the Vietnamese had a lot of conflict. America, the Soviet Union, and Vietnam were the three main countries involved in this conflict. This conflict was a built from a cold war perspective. This war created many effects on the world; some were good others were bad. It was mainly between the 2 major powers, the United States, and the Soviet Union. The conflict started during the Cold War, where the two countries were being aggravated by each other's ever expanding powers. The United States had enough of this when the Soviet Union sought to expand its communist government system. North Vietnam was on the communist side whilst South Vietnam was supported by countries that were against communism. The Soviet Union already had many
At this time both the democratic United States and the communist Soviet Union believed that successful advancements in technology would enable them to assert strength and superiority. According to Achieve 3000, “Case Against Rosenberg Falls Apart,” “In 1949, The Soviet Union test-launched an atomic bomb, an act that raised suspicions within the U.S. government” (1). Also, the thought of the Soviet Union having the ability to relinquish such a devastating weapon on the United States frightened the people of America as well. When the Cold War developed in the late 1040s the U.S. government again feared that the communist revolution in the Soviet Union would influence many people in the U.S. to do the same. According to the text,”The fear of communism even spread towards Hollywood when a congressional group called the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigated communist influence in the entertainment industry, issuing subpoenas to writers, actors, directors, and studio executives and asking them, ‘Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist party’”(1).
The novel, The Culture of the Cold War, is the all about the cold war and how that time period effected America in the 1960s. It talks about how the Cold War era haunted America with constant threats, and the talk of communism all across the nation. The author of the book, Stephen J. Whitfield, described that the Cold War gave the nation an identity crisis and that suspicion started to arise. The novel is very descriptive on that topic and elaborates on certain ideologies during that time.
The Cold War was a clash between the ideologies of the United States and the Soviet Union, even though there was no actual fighting between them, it still had a drastic impact on the lives of people who were alive at the time. As a result of experiencing the Cold War some creators used it as influence for literary works. For instance, The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss and Over the Hedge directed By Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, reveal the political nature experienced by the opposing sides during the Cold War. Satirical devices in the forms of parody and exaggeration are used to further convey the message the creators want the audience to understand.
Books would give an insight to how the government’s were handling the cold war. That is what Dr. Seuss did with his book called The Butter Battle Book. Dr. Seuss is known for using short phrases with lots of literary devices and doesn’t shy away from them to show how The Butter Battle Book is related to the cold war. Conflict development, imagery, irony, and onomatopoeia’s are all used in the Butter Battle Book to show how The Butter Battle Book is related to the cold war.
Even though Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb screened in the midst of the sobering Cold War, critics were keen on praising the film for its mastery of humor applied to such a sensitive matter. The film is exceedingly loaded with metaphors, innuendos, and allusions that nothing can be left undissected or taken for face value; the resulting effect is understood to be part of Kubrick’s multifarious theme. Kubrick has stated that what began as a “the basis for a serious film about accidental war ” eventually birthed an absurd and farcical classic comedy. The director fuses together irony, satire, and black humor to create a waggish piece but most of all the situation of the times and its
In 1953, the peak of the Cold War and Communist Red Scare, Byron Haskin released the allegorical film, The War of the Worlds; a commentary on the anxiety that was ever present due to the Soviet Union, Communism, and the threat of nuclear war. The film is loosely based on H.G. Well's novel of the same name, and stars Gene Barry. The War of the Worlds establishes commentary on the technology and religious beliefs birthed of the 50's, and the struggle that was created due to the Cold War in the “Age of Anxiety”.
He shows that we are divided in the world, by good and evil, but that it is up to us especially through difficult times, such as the Cold War.
Whether events in the 1970s and 1980s have borne out President Eisenhower's warning to the American people. During the 1970s and 1980s, America spent more money on military security than the net income of all United States corporations. The government was building up armed forces to combat the Soviet Union until its collapse.
The Cold War, which is often dated from 1945 to 1989, was a constant state of political and military tension between powers in the West, dominated by the United States with NATO among its allies, and powers in the East, dominated by the Soviet Union along with the Warsaw Pact. The development of Nuclear Weapons and long range shooting missiles by the United States gave a lot of fear and caused mass destruction. The Cold War came about after World War II when America used their atomic bombs on Japan. America fearing of a communist attack, and Soviet Russia disliking capitalism. The Cold War described a world where the two major powers, each possessing nuclear weapons and threatened with equally assured destruction. The development of a Civil Defense policy in the United States promised citizens survival opportunities in the event of a nuclear attack. This lesson connects this 1950’s policy with today’s national policy regarding survival during a biological or chemical terrorist attack.