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Spy Movies: From World War I To the Modern Era

Spy Movies: From World War I To the Modern Era | Espionage Films | Scoop.it
Ever since the dawn of cinema, spy movies have intrigued, captivated, and fascinated movie audiences. Directors from Alfred Hitchcock to Steven Spielberg have scored box- office hits with spy thrillers and dramas.
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Espionage movies began during the first World War, when paranoia over German infiltration was at an all time high. Popular invasion literature carried over into cinema, and so began the time of Espionage films. This genre continued throught World War II and the Cold War, where films were made about detectives who recovered war plans and secret weapons. In 1962 the first James Bond movie was released, starting what is known as the most popular and well-known spy movies of all time. The most recent spy movies often center around Russian relations or the rise of global terrorism. 

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Stachka!

Strike, Sergei Eisenstein, USSR 1925
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After World War I, movies about spies and war espionage remained popular. One such movie was Stike (also known as Stachka in Russian), produced in the USSR in 1925. Strike is a silent film about a factory worker who commits suicide, and the subsequent strike led by his coworkers against the factory. The manager uses spies to shut down the strike, thus giving us this classic movies from the Soviet Union.

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Films of the Cold War

Films of the Cold War | Espionage Films | Scoop.it
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Communist paranoia was the central theme throughout the majority of Cold War Era spy films. With tensions running high between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R, there was plentry of spy material to work with, and the spy film genre really took off. The anti-communist themes of Cold War spy movies tended to change in relation to U.S. policies at the time. For instance, when McCarthy's Red Scare was going on, spy movies focused on the enemy within. When the U.S. policy switched to Containment (of communism), the movies focused on the prevention of communism around the world. 

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Post Cold War Spy Movies

Post Cold War Spy Movies | Espionage Films | Scoop.it
In light of the calls for treasonous combative action and outright spying accusations for top-secret intelligence leakers Julian Assange and Eric Snowden, shall we look at some of cinema's most recent dealings with espionage?
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Following the Cold War and the fall of the Iron Curtain, the film industry had to redirect the genre and come up with new themes for spy movies. While the relations between the U.S. and Russia remain a common theme, terrorism and government personel operations. This article deemed Post Cold War spy movies as any made in 1990 or after, and lists the top 10 spy movies since that date.

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Licence to Drink

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Sydney Morning Herald
Licence to drink
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Even a cursory knowledge of fictional spies suggests the only thing working harder than their witty one-liners and perfectly timed karate chops, are their livers.
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Alcohol consumption is an essential characteristic of many great spy movies. But no other spy character consumes liquor quite like James Bond. This witty article analyzes that progression in the type of liquor consumed through the Bond movies. It even criticizes the filmmakers choice to have Bond drink Heineken in 007, because a beer is not boujie enough for such a classy character.

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Spy Films Spice Up Upcoming Bollywood Line

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Spy films spice up upcoming Bollywood line-up Times of India The success of films like 'Madras Cafe' and 'D-Day' seem to have encouraged Bollywood's intrigue with sleuths as the industry has a number of spy movies lined up that range from straight...
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In the past couple of years, spy movies have been all the rage in the Bollywood genre. One Bollywood has even decided to make have an actress play a female spy similar to Sherlock Holmes, making her the first female detective in Bollywood films. Since spy movies have been so recently popular in India, directors wish to make big franchise films that can span over time and bring in large amounts of money.

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Mata Hari 1931

Rare clip of Greta Garbo and Ramon Novarro in Mata Hari
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Mata Hari was produced in the United States in 1930's just after World War I. This movie is a fictionalized account of the life and death of Mata Hari, a Dutch exoctic dancer and convicted spy. Mata Hari seduced army generals for war intelligence, and was eventually caught and sentenced to death by the Dutch intelligence agency. 

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World War II spy movie: The Stranger

Theatrical trailer for the 1946 public domain thriller, THE STRANGER, starring Orson Welles, Loretta Young and Edward G. Robinson. It was one of the first Ho...
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Spy movies released during World War II were typically centered around Nazi spy activity, secret agents and detectives. The Stranger, released in 1946, serves as director Orson Welles critique of Fascism and Nazi ideologies. In this movie, Nazi war criminal Franz Kindler escapes to the U.S. and becomes a professor. An agent of the UN War Crimes Commission spends the movie trying to expose Kindler for his heinous crimes, while Kindler himself falls for the US Supreme Court member's daughter. The Stranger is said to be the first movie to air actual footage from European Concentration Camps. 

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High Noon (1952)

A great 1952 western direct by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper. Song "High Noon" written by Dimitri Tiomkin, lyrics by Ned Washington and sung by Tex Ri...
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I chose to include this video because of the obvious anti-communist undertones. The clip is from the opening credits of High Noon, a movie produced at the height of Cold War tensions. The song accompanying the opening credits talks about killing the enemy. Though on the surface it appears to be a Western film, the critique of Cold War politics is quite obvious throughout. 

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The Legend of Alfred Hitchcock

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As the BFI stages a five-month retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock’s work, Michael provides a run-down of the director’s 10 most iconic movies...
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British director Alred Hitchcock is considered by both movie critics and enthusiasts as the "Master of Suspense." He directed and produced many of Hollywood's most memorable Espionage films. This article is a breakdown of Hitchcocks Top 10 films based on reception by the general public, awards and the opinions of other film critics.

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Spy Movies and the Real World

TV programs and movies about spies such as James Bond or Homeland are all a lot of fun, however it seems they also impact upon our perception of real world spying.
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This articles discusses the apparent influence spy movies have on our perception of spying and spy agencies, such as the NSA or CIA, in the real world. According to this articles, "58 percent of people who watched spy movies six times or more in the past year had favorable views of NSA, but only 34 percent of infrequent spy moviegoers reported favorable views of the agency." This statistic makes sense when you consider the glamourized way in which spies are presented in current spy films, and the way in which spies are portrayed as heroes. 

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