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Films on IceCinemas of the Arctic$
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Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694174

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.001.0001

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The Threat of the Thaw: The Cold War on the Screen

The Threat of the Thaw: The Cold War on the Screen

(p.161) 11. The Threat of the Thaw: The Cold War on the Screen
Films on Ice

Anna Westerståhl Stenport

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how the Arctic was figured as a porous sheet of ice separating the East and West Blocs during the Cold War and held a privileged position in Hollywood and Soviet filmmaking from the 1950s to the 1980s. Stenport’s case studies range from early alien invasion films such as The Thing From Another World (1951), USSR national icebreaker epics such as The Red Tent (1969), political thrillers such as Ice Station Zebra, 1968), Oscar winning ‘Real Life Adventures’ Disney documentaries such as Men Against the Arctic (1955) to television series such as The Big Picture (1951-1964). Stenport examines a wide swath of cinematic forms from the U.S., the USSR, Sweden, and Norway not previously analysed in tension with one another, showing how these are put to environmental and ideological uses.

Keywords:   Cold War, USSR, Soviet Cinema, Hollywood, The Thing from Another World, Christian Nyby, Virgil Vogel, Terror in the Midnight Sun, The Big Picture, The Red Tent, Mikhail Kalatzov, Orion’s Belt

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