Stanley Kubrick’s painfully funny take on Cold War anxiety is one of the fiercest satires of human folly ever to come out of Hollywood. Finding improbable hilarity in nearly every unimaginable scenario, Dr. Strangelove is a subversive masterpiece that officially announced Kubrick as an auteur.
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombDirected byStanley Kubrick
The prismatic brilliance of Stanley Kubrick’s demented oil slick of a satire is such that successive generations would argue vehemently over which feels its relevance most keenly. But then, Strangelove contains multitudes…, Kubrick never underestimated the cupidity and stupidity of those with the power to end humanity.
One of the masterpieces of filmmaking. And though photographed in England by an expatriate who would never return, it is very much an American masterpiece, brimful of American types and stereotypes, American madness and ingenuity, every species of American idiolect, from regional slang to institutional euphemism.
A (dammit!) still timely engagement in black comedy, (thanks to 45 and his "bigger" nuclear powers), presages just how insanely absurd the principles of Mutually Assured Destruction are...when the power to destroy our beautiful planet is in the hands of jaded (often psychotic) "men", the outcome doesn't seem so distant, anymore...more effective at exemplifying nuclear menace than "Watchmen" (the movie, not the book)
Brilliant, funny, disturbing. The close-to-the-edge comic performances succeed so well precisely because Kubrick takes everything else so absolutely seriously: the solemn attention to detail inside the bomber, the documentary style exterior shots of the base assault etc. The collision between absurd and real results in an experience which embraces contradictory emotions of delight, anger, sadness and despair.
One of the best political satires ever made (of course with a very special kind of black humor), I watched it at least half a dozen times - and I'm always amazed by the great design of the "war room" but also by the extraordinary transformation abilities of Peter Sellers.
Upon initial viewing, I didn't LOVE it, because it's very dialogue heavy. But after repeat viewings, and having grown on Kubrick more (this was the first of his movies I ever saw), I have to conclude that Dr. Strangelove is one of the smartest, cleanest, best-acted, most gorgeous, and most utterly poignant comedy films to have ever been made. Fuck, this thing is devestating.
Praised as a brilliant satire, for its incredible cast, characters, script, masterful direction, and certainly relevant as long as man possesses nuclear weapons. All true. It's also a masterpiece of cinema that needs to be seen on the big screen. Fortunately it is still screened in cinemas! If you live somewhere where they still have a film projector. (If not, project a nice digital file/DVD) but watch this BIG!