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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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Conservative Understanding and Nationalist Exclusion

Conservative Understanding and Nationalist Exclusion

Moral Equivalency as Contested Concept in Bridge of Spies and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

(p.182) Conservative Understanding and Nationalist Exclusion
Cold War II

Christian Jimenez

University Press of Mississippi

The chapter focuses on the issue of “moral equivalence” (invented by neoconservatives during the Cold War), which attempts to discredit virtually any criticism of U.S. policy, foreign or domestic, in novels, films, and books, to show how it continues to be utilized today. The chapter compares Bridge of Spies and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and argues that, far from equating the West and Russia, these films try, repetitiously, to suggest that there is no equivalence whatsoever between these entities, for Russia is continuously framed as some bestial “Other” without freedom and normality against the essential healthiness, even the life–through the use of bright colors–of Western countries. The chapter showcases how the films attempt to contain criticism to only a few selected areas and disallow any other, perhaps genuinely difficult, criticisms of world politics, as represented in the Cold War cinema.

Keywords:   Bridge of Spies, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Moral equivalence, Otherness, U.S. policy

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