Filmmaking As A Weapon Against War

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Viktoria Zlomanova Alex Lehmann Winter Honors Project №2 Filmmaking as a Weapon against War The Cold War, a global proxy war between the Soviet Union and the United States, has culminated in the 1960s, when both superpowers were largely involved in the competition in the Third World. The tensions’ climax came with the Vietnam War, where communist North Vietnam, supported by the Soviet Union, fought against Southern Vietnam and its ally, the United States. For a country with a population of forty million people, three million casualties (half civilian deaths) brought by the war with America were unprecedented. Out of half a million U.S. Army personnel involved in the Vietnam, 58,000 died without a major shift in a war. As a result, in the United States, the anti-war movement largely grew over the course of the decade having a major influence on the American culture. While the autocracies of WWII were still fresh in mind of the people, a lot artists opposed war using their artistic abilities to express their anti-war feelings. Some exceptional filmmakers — Stanley Kubrick and Francis F. Coppola — created anti-war movies depicting their thought on the Vietnam War and the Cold War to raise awareness of immorality and absurdness of those conflicts. Anti-war art of 1960s caused a lot of Americans to think more critically about the war, ultimately leading to bitter disagreements within the nation. Dr. Strangelove Right after WWII ended, the anxious period of tension began as
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