Magazine April 21, 2014, Issue

Scenes from a Marriage

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell in The Americans (DreamWorks Television)
The Americans discovers an ongoing Cold War

The best modern film about American politics is Oliver Stone’s Nixon, the merits of which can be appreciated only once you have divested yourself of any suspicion that it has anything more to do with the life and career of Richard Milhous Nixon than Antony and Cleopatra has to do with the biographies of its eponymous heroes. The Americans, an FX espionage drama now in its second season, treats the Cold War the way Shakespeare treated Plutarch — a rich source of character and incident used as scaffolding to tell stories that are really about something else.

The Americans is a

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Books, Arts & Manners

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The Lawless

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The Week

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The Long View

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Too Darn Hot

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Politics & Policy


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