Cold War Films
The Good Shepherd
This movie chronicales the workings of a USA CIA agent as he tries to find out who leaked information to the Cubans. This movie I give an 8/10. It is incredibly interesting to see how the US intelligence was able to carry out missions and try to "protect" the US from communism. It starts during WWII with the creation of the CIA and carries out to the early 60's during some of the most intense years of the Cold War. It brings us to the forefront of what went on behind the scenes to help give our country an advantage over the Russians. One step ahead of the game. I say it very accurately shows how our intelligence agencies operated during the Cold War. So in the mood for some real spy movies? The Good Shepherd is a great one to catch!
This movie tells the story of two siblings who enter into the world of Pleasantville, a perfect community in 1950's America. They actually get tricked into moving through the TV into this show by a "magical" (as it seems) TV repair man. Its represtation of middle class America is spot-on. In the 1950's over a 1/3 of Americans lived in middle class suburbia. These were many houses pacled toegther inn developments that expanded out from the cities. They were small worlds of safety, away from the poverty of the inner city. In these bedroom communities there was mass conformity. Women always worked at home, taking care of the children and the home chores. The husbands always went off to their white collar, 9-5 jobs and came home to a cooked meal with the family every day. Pleasantville represented this whole lifestyle very well. "Honey I'm home!" was a perfect image of how lifwe was like for many Americans back in the 1950's. The movie even depicted a sense of rebellion among not only the younger people, but among some older people. Not everyone wanted to live a conformist lifestyle. Teens listened to rock'n'roll and dressed ways their parents were not very fond of. 1950's America was very different from the world we live in today as people wanted a sense of normality after the world's most devastating war, and during the turbulent time sof the Cold War. Overall I give this movie a 7/10 mostly for its spot-on representation of 1950's middle-class America.