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1900s U.S. TV and Movies: Americanization of the Russian Persona

If you're at all like me, you enjoy detective, doctor, police, and other TV shows that feature Russians in their story lines. I can't resist them! And yet... And yet, I am almost universally disappointed after viewing them. Why is that?

It is because many, or possibly, most of the U.S. audience expects one of two things:

  1. The Russians in the story will "come to realize" the U.S. way of life is superior, so they must come to envy it, or
  2. The Russian must see some personality trait "commonly found in" Americans really lies deep within the Russian, and he learns to accept it and change.

Have you not noticed this is true? OK. If you have not, please notice, next time you watch a movie or a TV show of the above sort, how it portrays any Russian at the start, compared to what it suggests he or she is like at its end. There is only ONE inevitable conclusion. He or she must be SORRY not to live in the United States.

That is just wrong.


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MegL wrote on April 10, 2018, 5:18 PM

It's all part of propaganda by all sides! The movie industry all round the world has been used by all sides and still is.

VinceSummers wrote on April 10, 2018, 5:51 PM

Even such otherwise tame shows like the old Medical Center have a Russian doctor who is a woman and who seems hard. Gannon reveals in her her hidden fear and gets her to express bravery in calling public officials to account.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 10, 2018, 7:31 PM

In most movies, a Russian is depicted as the enemy, or a spy or a communist or a member of a Russian Mob or terrorist organization hell bent on destroying America. So much stereotype.

VinceSummers wrote on April 10, 2018, 7:46 PM

I do think that is the case, perhaps in more modern presentations and in much older ones. The 60s to somewhat more modern times often present them as American wannabees.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 10, 2018, 10:11 PM

I see. Okay, so at least in the 60's America wanted everyone look at us as the best nation on earth. Many of the Russians wanted to wear denim and listen to rock and roll at least the young people of the times did.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 11, 2018, 8:59 AM

Hollywood makes the movies and most of them are Liberals. They are not exactly propagandists. They are realists, I think.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/hollywood-has-always-been-political-and-it-hasnt-always-been-liberal/2018/03/02/5e8456c2-1d8e-11e8-9de1-147dd2df3829_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term =.9ae407ea2fd4

Last Edited: April 11, 2018, 9:02 AM