Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 15

 

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DIRECTOR Stanley Kubrick
CAST Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Peter Sellers plays three separate roles in Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War comedy in which insanity and political manoeuvrings lead to nuclear meltdown.

Stanley Kubrick’s tour-de-force of political satire feels unnervingly prescient in the context of current global politics. The film charts an absurd but inexorable path towards nuclear oblivion that’s triggered when an unhinged American general believes the Russians have caused his impotency. With a razor-sharp script and dazzling performances, the film critiques America’s fixation on military might, and lampoons the men who sit in the seats of power. It’s a film about communication – or more accurately, the consequences of miscommunication.
(1964 USA / UK 95 mins)

Perhaps Kubrick’s most perfectly realised film, simply because his cynical vision of the progress of technology and human stupidity is wedded with comedy, in this case Terry Southern’s sparkling script in which the world comes to an end thanks to a mad US general’s paranoia about women and commies … the result is scary, hilarious, and nightmarishly beautiful, far more effective in its portrait of insanity and call for disarmament than any number of worthy anti-nuke documentaries.  Geoff Andrew, Time Out

BBFC advice: Contains mild sex references, language, violence, threat and suicide references
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