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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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“Your Body Belongs to the State”

“Your Body Belongs to the State”

The Mobilization of the Action Heroine in Service of the State in Red Sparrow and Atomic Blonde

(p.112) “Your Body Belongs to the State”
Cold War II

Dan Ward

University Press of Mississippi

Focusing on Atomic Blonde and Red Sparrow, the chapter explores the familiar forms of dehumanization invoked to reinforce the inherent othering of the rival nation, as well as how Hollywood interpolates the ostensibly progressive image of the self-reliant female action hero in working to shore up perceptions of institutions such as the CIA (with its long and ongoing record of collusion with some of the most reactionary militant and political groups across the globe). The chapter examines these two films within the context of the broader resurgence of Cold War imagery and ideology in contemporary Hollywood.

Keywords:   Female action hero, Espionage, Othering, Atomic Blonde, Red Sparrow

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