This chapter investigates The Day the Earth Stood Still, Storm Centre and On the Beach. Each stresses an issue that caused the US government considerable political discomfort, and which filmmakers would continue to probe throughout the Cold War. The Day the Earth Stood Still was the first ‘A’ treatment given to a science-fiction theme by a major studio. Storm Centre missed an opportunity to show that during the Red Scare anticommunists were often driven by ulterior motives — economic, personal and racial. On the Beach certainly developed a politically intriguing afterlife. Movies like The Day the Earth Stood Still, Storm Centre and On the Beach reveal the non-monolithic nature of the US state-film network, and prove that even during American Cold War cinema's most conservative phase, the US film industry was never officially straitjacketed in the way that Soviet cinema was.
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