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Dr. Strangelove

Title: Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Directed by:
Stanley Kubrick
Written by:
Peter George, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern
Year: 1964

In Cold War America, a crazy general sends the signal that with nuclear weapons will annihilate the Communist threat. Since he is the only one who can recall the order, he shuts down his base as if a full scale war has broken out with the Soviet Union, and  orders his men to fire on anybody who approaches. He also confiscates all radios to make sure that no traitors can leak information that would harm the base. The president and his advisers have two hours to find a way to recall the plains and avoid mutual disintegration.

The plot in Dr. Strangelove seems serious but that does not stop the film from being a comedy. There are some serious aspects, but in general, the film is supposed to be funny. In this it succeeds most of the time. The supposed ex-Nazi scientist Dr. Strangelove is brilliant. Even though he is not a very pivotal figure in the plot, he is one of the best characters I have encountered in any film. Seeing him bite his knuckles in order to fight down the urge to salute the president, Nazi fashion, is awesome (it should be noted that Peter Sellers plays three major roles in this film and he does it well). Apart from Dr. Strangelove himself, irony is the films best asset

However, I feel that the story is somewhat shattered. The parallel story of the men in the B-52 bomber heading for its target in Russia runs like a scarlet thread throughout the film, but even so, the scenes in the military base and in the war room feel disconnected. I would have like to see much more of Dr. Strangelove. Still, everything in this film is well made and also quite entertaining, so its worth at least four snails.

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