What is it about?
This article offers an aesthetic and cultural analysis of 'The Americans', a spy-thriller television series set in the '80s, about a family of Soviet agents working undercover in the United States. We analyze how two critical moments from the narrative summarize the complicated relationship that the program establishes around theoretical concepts such as identity, truth, verisimilitude, authenticity and performativity.
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Why is it important?
It is the first academic journal article devoted to "The Americans", one of the most critically acclaimed TV-Series from the 2010s decade. It is also relevant because the article explores how "The Americans" reflects our current cultural anxiety about identity, both collective and individual.
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This page is a summary of: “Just Being Us”—Secrecy, Authenticity and Identity in The Americans, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, April 2020, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10509208.2020.1747354.
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Second scene analyzed in the article
Part of the scene from the last episode of "The Americans": START (6.10.)
Promo for the episode "Stingers" (3.10.)
FX promo for the episode "Stingers". We analyzed a crucial scene from this episode.
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