Hollywood and the New Cold War Era – The Perfect Enemy: Long Live the Cold War

March 29, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm UTC
Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall
University Center, UL105

What effects do cinematic art have on war and peace? How does the state, especially the non-democratic state, handle films that do not fit its official propaganda of the Cold War?

The Cranes Are Flying (1 hour 37 minutes, 1957) is a seminal film by a renown Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov, a must-see for all interested in media, politics and public opinion. This cinematic masterpiece was unusual for its era as it brought to the fore the humanity of Soviet people, their personal struggles and emotions while they were expected to appear the flawless creators of the Russian communism. A dramatic and touching story of war and love, The Cranes are Flying is the only Soviet film to receive the prestigious Palm d’Or award from Cannes Film Festival in France.

Peter Lucas will introduce the film and distill its impact following the screening. Peter Lucas is a professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs, and Creative Producer of Hooligan Sparrow (2016), a documentary that tells the story of a young filmmaker-activist duo and their struggle against the Chinese state. It debuted at Sundance film festival and is traveling the global film festival circuit this season.

4:00PM – 6:00PM: Screening (and remarks), The Cranes Are Flying (USSR, 1957)

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This event is sponsored by the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, the Center for New York City Affairs, Global Studies at The New School, and Engage Media Lab (EML).


In the 2016 Spring semester, to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the Cold War , the Graduate Program in International Affairs at Milano School holds a series of panel discussions and film screenings (curated by Professor Nina Khrushcheva and MA candidate Gabrielle Belli). The series aims to explore the symbiotic relations–both past and contemporary–between the media and politics that trace back to the golden age of Hollywood, the times of the Cold War.

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