Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 1964, 93mins., B&W
Americans would like to think that their political and military leaders are cool, calm and considered, and that they can be trusted with great power – including The Bomb. But barely two years after the world trembled on the brink of WWIII during the Cuban Missile Crisis, with President John F. Kennedy’s level-headed determination usually credited as the reason the world escaped nuclear Armageddon, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person at the wrong moment pushed the wrong button -- and played the situation for sharp laughs. “Dr. Strangelove” is widely regarded as one of the screen’s greatest satires of power and paranoia. But what is truly remarkable – and maybe a little frightening – is that no matter how often we think that changing times have dated the movie’s jet-black satire of Cold War-era fears, current events always seem to circle back to make “Dr. Strangelove” fresh and relevant – not to mention, still acidly funny. In 2017, fears of Russia, nuclear weapons and hair-triggered leaders are all back in the headlines.
There’s not a sequence in the film in which the dialogue is not quotable, and there are so many well-remembered moments in it that the film is a kind of encyclopedia of pop-culture references; the sight of Slim Pickens waving his cowboy hat as he rides The Bomb down is among the most enduring images of its era. Many Kubrick trademarks can be found in the film, from the visual style to the sparse and ironic use of music. And every performance is top-notch, from Peter Sellers' extraordinary three-character performance, to the screen debut of James Earl Jones (whom Kubrick had spotted in a stage play), to George C. Scott who, though usually known for his great dramatic performances, considered his over-the-top satirical role in “Dr. Strangelove” to be among his greatest screen achievements.
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