Since the Cold War, most American movies and TV shows have portrayed the Soviet Union and other communist countries as evil and oppressive, a grim adversary to the capitalist freedom of the United States. But what was communist life really like? By accounts of many former Soviet citizens, not only did they enjoy free and/or subsidized housing, healthcare, and education, but also a sense of fellowship with their peers that have since been lost.
In Netflix’s hit original show, The Queen’s Gambit, the standard anti-communism in American media is surprisingly contradicted. Here are 10 scenes from The Queen’s Gambit that make us question who the real bad guys of the Cold War were, and consider that life behind the iron curtain might not have been quite like what we were told.
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1) The time Beth meets a hippy dude in her Russian class and he tells her not to play the game Monopoly because it “Makes you a slave to capitalism”.