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The dancer defects : the struggle for cultural supremacy during the Cold War

The dancer defects : the struggle for cultural supremacy during the Cold War

Author: David Caute
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The cultural Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West was without precedent. At the outset of this original and wide-ranging historical survey, David Caute establishes the nature of the extraordinary cultural competition set up post-1945 between Moscow, New York, London and Paris, with the most intimate frontier war staged in the city of Berlin. Using sources in four languages, Caute explores the cultural Cold  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Caute
ISBN: 0199249083 9780199249084
OCLC Number: 52486094
Description: xiv, 788 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The culture war --
pt. 1. Marking the territory. Propaganda wars and cultural treaties --
The gladiatorial exhibition --
pt. 2. Stage and screen wars: Russians and America. Broadway dead, says Soviet critic --
The Russian question: a Russian play --
Soviet cinema under Stalin --
Hollywood: the Red Menace --
Witch hunts: Losey, Kazan, Miller --
Soviet cinema: the new wave --
pt. 3. Stage and screen wars: Europe. Germany divided: stage and screen --
Brecht and the Berliner Ensemble --
Dirty Hands: the political theatre of Sartre and Camus --
Squaring the circle: Ionesco, Beckett, Havel, Stoppard --
Andrzej Wajda: Ashes and diamonds, marble and iron --
pt. 4. Music and ballet wars. Classical music wars --
Shostakovich's Testimony --
All that jazz: Iron Curtain calls --
The ballet dancer defects --
pt. 5. Art wars. Stalinist art: Tractor drivers' supper --
Passports for paintings: abstract expressionism and the CIA --
Picasso and communist art in France --
The other Russia: pictures by "jackasses'.
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With the onset of the Cold War, cultural competition flared up between Moscow and the West. It rapidly penetrated theatre, film, music, ballet, painting, and sculpture. Artists such as Miller,  Read more...


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