Individualism as a Cultural Syndrome in Recent American Cinema

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The article explores the balance of the two basic cultural constructs - individualism and collectivism - and the way it is represented in the American cinema of 2015-2016 as exemplified by a number of films set in the past, present and future. The author comes to the conclusion that in the face of a global peril the idea of individual moral responsibility inevitably leads to the role of collectivism as the essential survival condition.


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Nina A Tsyrkun

Institute of Film Art, VGIK

Author for correspondence.
Email: editor@vestnik-vgik.com

Doctor in Arts, Head of the Department of Modern Screen Art

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