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Film – Quick Thoughts: Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove, directed by Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern & Peter George
Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott & Sterling Hayden
My rating: 5 of 5

Or, to use its full title: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. I’ve seen a few Stanley Kubrick films, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, both of which are excellent (the former is one of my favourites), but nowhere near enough to say I have any kind of grounding in his work, especially considering the way Kubrick switches genres, with even just the three films I’ve mentioned in this post covering science fiction, horror and satire.

As with Citizen Kane this was one of those films that I went into sceptical that it could every be as good as its reputation, not after all this time, but Dr. Strangelove is marvellous. A rogue general believes the Russians are secretly taking over the US at every level so sends planes in to nuke every key location in Russia, doing it in such a way that he has the only code to call it off again. The US doesn’t want it to happen, the USSR doesn’t want it to happen, and they’re all very friendly and cooperative while trying to stop a situation that only exists because of them, and the conversations between the US president and the (unheard) Russian premier were very funny.

It’s a funny film in general with lots of great lines and characters, and it’s also the source of the classic quote at the end of this clip:

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