Post-war Germany and Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies

DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 PIctures’ BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg, is the story of James Donovan, an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA enlists his support to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

Following the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII, the Allies divided Germany into a larger democratic parliamentary state (the Federal Republic of Germany) and a communist state (the German Democratic Republic). Within a few years after its establishment, by the mid-fifties, the capitalist West Germany enjoyed a thriving economy. By way of contrast, East Germany, controlled by the Soviet Union, mirroring its police state (the Stasi was modeled after the KGB) and exploited for its needs, sank into economic depression.

Like a microcosm of the divisions within Germany itself, Berlin was divided into a communist and a democratic part: East and West Berlin. In 1961 the East Germans erected the Berlin wall, officially called the “Anti-Fascist Protective Wall”, under the pretext of protecting their population from fascist elements. In actuality, they were striving to put an end to the exodus of people fleeing East Berlin into West Berlin. The wall, along with the East German soldiers shooting upon sight any person trying to climb over it, turned out to be…

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2 thoughts on “Post-war Germany and Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies

  1. An interesting theme, backed by a good pedigree. I don’t care that much for Hanks, as like James Stewart before him, I feel that he plays everything overly sentimentally. However, Rylance is in the ascendant, and a fine actor. So, despite my reservations, I will look forward to this.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • I know what you mean about Hanks but I nevertheless enjoy his films, for the most part. Bridge of Spies is a must because of the subject matter, of course. Rylance is a sublime actor and I can already see why he was cast in that part.

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