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    “Bridge of Spies” challenges patriotism amid hysteria

    “Bridge of Spies,” a film directed by Steven Spielberg, stays away from the darkness of the Cold War era and shows stooping to an enemy’s level betrays what it means to be American. Though this film is slightly weighed down with nostalgia, it still is entertaining. The film, based on a true story, begins in 1955, the height of Cold War hysteria between the United States and the Soviet Union. It starts off in the apartment of Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance, a balding 50-year-old man with a permanent frown on his face. Abel lives alone, is a skilled painter and a Soviet spy. Abel receives a covert message…