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Cold War IIHollywood's Renewed Obsession with Russia$
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Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831095

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831095.001.0001

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The Coldest City

The Coldest City

Berlin and the Remapping of Cold War Movie Aesthetics

Chapter:
(p.95) The Coldest City
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Cold War II
Author(s):

Ian Scott

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496831095.003.0005

The chapter examines the way the Cold War has been historicized in the mode of films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Bridge of Spies but also how in other texts it has increasingly been filtered through the lens of nostalgic pop-culture referents. The locations are not simply backdrops but active signifiers, the characters less archetypes than reassembled studies in cinematic RPGs, the soundtracks no longer sombre diegesis but more a mix-tape of your favorite hit songs. This chapter, therefore, argues that, over the course of the 2010s, from Tinker Tailor to Atomic Blonde, art as the unconscious face of politics has never been more important. Reminiscence has thus shifted from a mode of nimble historical furnishings to one that contains a jumble of ideological contradictions designed to accentuate–and critique–the reassembled Cold War mentality of the Trump-Putin age.

Keywords:   Aesthetics, Popular culture, The Trump-Putin era, Atomic Blonde, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bridge of Spies

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