On the front lines of the Cold War, on German territory, during a half a century of tension between the two biggest military powers in history… agents operated daily on both sides of the iron curtain.
For the first time – thanks to hitherto unseen images, shot clandestinely – this film reveals the inside story of the daily confrontation at the heart of a divided Germany, in an ultra-sensitive zone that reverberated from the shock waves of each and every international crisis.
A front line where the two blocs faced off, each side assembling the greatest possible concentration of weapons and troops.
A territory where the slightest false move could have set things off…
Exceptional, suspenseful documents never before seen on television: footage shot by crews from the three Allied military missions, only about fifteen of whom were ever on missions at once! – French, British and American – who were accredited by the Commander of the Soviet forces stationed in East Germany for over 40 years…
Through these images, History becomes personal and is lived from within, at the rhythm of an exceptional daily life.
These images are unique because they were taken secretly during tricky, risky operations: reconnaissance in hostile territory within range of tanks and helicopters, Russian troop transport and fighter planes. The footage is all the more extraordinary in that it includes live comments made by mission members as they take still photos, shoot films, and even getting into run-ins with Soviet and East German soldiers.
These images are also unique because they were taken by military personnel on duty, not by professional journalists, photographers or cameramen. Nothing was staged or censured because this raw material was initially intended for military intelligence. It illustrates observations made on the ground.
“KEEP THE COLD WAR COLD” brings this material back to life, with up-to-date comments from the selfsame French, British and American officers and NCOs who were on the spot, at the heart of the “enemy” system, as well as their Russian counterparts. The story unveils through these eyewitness accounts, each with its own point of view, sens¬ibility and specific context.
This is a documentary about espionage as told by the shadow men who helped the Cold War stay cold.
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