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Director: Lyndy Saville

Producer: Dominic Saville

Executive Producer: Lyndy Saville

Cast: Ian Nathan

Genres: Documentary, Factual


The Cold War and Cinema is told in 3 episodes with the world coming to the end of WW2 where the United States and the Soviet Union fought together as allies against the Axis powers. However, the relationship between the two nations was a tense one. Americans had long been wary of Soviet communism and Russian leader Joseph Stalin’s tyrannical rule of his own country. For their part, the Soviets resented the Americans’ decades-long refusal to treat the USSR as a legitimate part of the international community as well as their delayed entry into World War II, which resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of Russians.

The Series will be structured in the following time periods with talking heads recalling the story of the early days of WW2 Europe through the nuclear arms race, American paranoia, Korean War and the Soviets movement into Europe, McCarthyism. NATO & the Warsaw PACT leading up to the building of the Berlin Wall.

The 60’s will form the basis of the second episode from the Cuban Missile crisis, Post Wall Berlin, the spies and the assassination of JFK and others, the early days of Vietnam and the proxy wars being fought on foreign soil.

The final episode will cover the height of the Nuclear drama, the true fear of possible nuclear annihilation and the beginning of the decline of the Soviet Union.

Each episode features the great films that told the stories of the era and the day to day cinema that was being experienced. The stories of propaganda, nuclear fear, a change in the US society, the spy games of CIA, KGB and MI5 and the rise and fall of the USSR and East Germany (and everything in between).

Cinema contributors will talk about the era, the film industry both as it was happening in real time, and how this period in cinema continues to be a mainstay to this day. Stories retold, as the 20th century provides and endless well of storytelling.

Each episode combines these elements creating natural episodic beginning and ends reflecting film, and the journey of the global war.

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