Wednesday, April 02, 2003

The Movie I Watched Last Night LXII
Dr. Strangelove (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

This 1964 film directed by Stanley Kubrick is amazing and well worth watching somewhat frequently. Its dystopian take on the military-industrial complex is particularly effective in times of war. Peter Sellers' multiple roles all work well, especially his portrayal of Dr. Strangelove, and George C. Scott's Gen. "Buck" Turgidson is by no means turgid or tepid. But what strikes me most strongly is that Kubrick aptly balances light-hearted humor while addressing one of the more frightening possibilities of the Cold War. The movie is neither fatalistic nor overtly dismissive, and the blend of comedy and commentary is still relevant today. File this beside Johnny Got His Gun. Wonderful.

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