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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)235-250
JournalFilm History
Journal publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010


This article challenges the view that one of America’s most important sources of entertainment and persuasion, Hollywood, transformed its coverage of the Cold War during the 1960s. In particular, it questions whether American cinema really altered its attitude towards Soviet communism. It does this principally via an in-depth analysis of The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming, the second highest-grossing American Cold War movie of the 1960s and the most Soviet-friendly one. The origin, production, content and reception of the film are looked at in detail, and the film placed fully within its cinematic, cultural, political and diplomatic context.


Tony Shaw, 'The Russians are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966): Reconsidering Holywood's Cold War "Turn" of the 1960s', Film History, Vol. 22 (2), 2010. Original article can be found at : Copyright John Libbey Publishing / Indiana University Press

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