Are We Winning, Mommy? America and the Cold War
Director: Barbara Margolis
Screenwriters: L.S. Block, John Crowley
A history of Americaâ€™s Cold War, beginning in 1945, and evoking the cultural milieu in which the significant political events of that era emerged. Four decades of cultural and political history gallop before us: Vice President Richard Nixon making headlines by confronting Premier Krushchev, Bing Crosby crooning to a postwar boomtime America, schoolchildren under their desks in a â€śduck and coverâ€ť drill and Senator Joseph McCarthy promising to reveal the reds under our beds.
In the course of five years of research, filmmaker Barbara Margolis has uncovered some remarkable archival materials, intercut with contemporary interviews with such people as Noam Chomsky and Jerome Wiesner (on the origins of the Cold War), Arthur Kinoy(on the Rosenbergs), Fred Friendly (on CBSâ€™ response to McCarthysim), and Clark Clifford (on the Truman doctrine). Her major themes include Americaâ€™s military build-up, the nationâ€™s periodic â€śred scares,â€ť the growth of organized labor and third-party politics and our history of deteriorating relations with the Soviet Union. An ambitious and provocative work, Are WE Winning, Mommy? is essential for anyone wishing to understand the whys and wherefores of Mr. Reagan at Reykjavik.
- Documentary Feature
- 1987, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 85 min.