Western Audiovisual Stereotypes of Russian Image: The Ideological Confrontation Epoch (1946-1991)

European Researcher, Vol. (51), № 5-4, 2013

16 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2015

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Alexander Fedorov

Rostov State Univesity of Econimics; Taganrog State Pedagogical Institute

Date Written: June 30, 2015


This article included the analysis of the Western audiovisual stereotypes of Russian image from the period of ideological confrontation (1946-1991): ideological and social trends, classification of the contents’ models and genres. The content analysis of the western media texts of the period of the “cold war” (1946-1991) allows to present their main plot diagrams as follows: Soviet spies penetrate into the territory of the USA/Western country to commit diversion and/or to worm out military secrets; the USSR prepares a covert attack on the territory of the USA/Western world, creating secret bases with nuclear weapons; the inhuman Soviet totalitarian regime oppresses its own people or the people of any other country; Nonconformity leaves/attempts to leave the USSR where, in their opinion, democracy and individual freedom are being oppressed; common western people explain to Soviet military/civilian visitors who were mislead by propaganda that the USA/Western country is the stronghold of friendship and worldwide prosperity and peace; obstacles connected with the ideological confrontation between the USSR and the Western world appear on the way of a loving couple.

Keywords: cold war; Western films; screen; image of Russia; USA; ideological confrontation; media studies; film studies; spy; enemy

Suggested Citation

Fedorov, Alexander, Western Audiovisual Stereotypes of Russian Image: The Ideological Confrontation Epoch (1946-1991) (June 30, 2015). European Researcher, Vol. (51), № 5-4, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2625026 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2625026

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