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:
- 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
- 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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