Stanley Kubrick’s classic black comedy about a group of war-eager military men who plan a nuclear apocalypse is both funny and frightening – and seems as relevant today as ever. Through a series of military and political accidents, two psychotic generals – U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) and Joint Chief of Staff “Buck” Turgidson (George C. Scott) trigger an ingenious, irrevocable scheme to attack Russia’s strategic targets with nuclear bombs. The brains behind the scheme belong to Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers), a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist who has bizarre ideas about man’s future. The president (also Sellers) is helpless to stop the bombers, as is Captain Mandrake (Sellers once again). Dr. Strangelove is truly a brilliant film classic. –Sony Pictures
Stanley Kubrick was born in New York, and was considered intelligent despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick’s father Jack (a physician) sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films.
Jack Kubrick’s decision to give his son a camera for his thirteenth birthday would be an even wiser move: Kubrick became an avid photographer, and would often make trips around New York taking photographs which he would… read more
Satire at its very best. I thoroughly enjoyed Kubrick lampooning the dangerous and backwards thinking of the cold war. Peter Sellers earns his stripes as one of the greatest comedy actors as well, playing three hilarious characters. The writing and dialogue cemented it was one of my favorites ("You can't fight in here! This is the war room!"). Such a fun movie with political themes that remain relevant today.
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Above: the notorious unused pie fight finale to Dr. Strangelove. As pretty much every film buff knows by now, Stanley Kubrick's 1964 nuke
Title: Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Country: USA, UK
Language: English, Russian
Genre: Comedy, War
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Maybe this is slightly reductive but it seems to me that there are two types of films: ones that reproduce the commonly accepted values of their time (and later seem anywhere from quaint to unnerving… read review
In 1964, Kubrick would break all odds with humanity’s fear of the cold war in the most obscured way. The film entitled, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Bomb would be an essential… read review
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