Veranstaltungsdokumentation (Juni 2011)

The Celluloid Curtain



The Celluloid Curtain

Spy films from the Cold War era, seen from today, present us with a brilliantly complex puzzle: action, high tension, beautiful women and technical wizardry are blended in a fast and furious cinematic cocktail, which nonetheless offers many a disillusioned hero the opportunity to reflect on their situation.

Spy films from that period document the spirit of their time and mirror the ideological trench warfare and the nuclear threat of the 1960s. A good half century later, in the age of Al-Qaida, WikiLeaks and the confrontation over the Iranian nuclear programme, they still have a depressing ring of truth. The film series "The Celluloid Curtain" records how this historical film genre, lying somewhere between popular culture and propaganda, still has the power to fascinate us today.

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