How Hollywood Portrays Its Russians

America has had an up-and-down relationship with Russia this century. Here's Hollywood's view:

DICTATORIAL RUSSIA Greta Garbo is a humorless commissar in Ninotchka (1939; photo 2) who discovers that Western decadence is better than ideology.

COURAGEOUS RUSSIA Our wartime ally gets a stirring salute in Song of Russia (1943; 5).

BAD RUSSIA The remorseless assassins in From Russia with Love (1963) were bent on burying us. Hurrah for James Bond!

HUMAN RUSSIA A thaw? In The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), the stern Russkies turn out to be lovable.

LOVABLE RUSSIA The Girl from Petrovka (1974; 3) is...

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