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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) (Movies To See Before You Die - Comedy / Thriller)

23 Jan, 2013 | Movies To See Before You Die / Comedy

Nuclear War was the most serious issue for the entire world in the beginning of the last century and it still remains the most crucial one today in 2013. But contrary to all the seriousness involved in the subject, one of the most talented American directors had the guts to make an entertaining, satirical comedy based on an accidental or unintentional beginning of nuclear war in 1964 between Russia and America. The creative genius was Stanley Kubrick, who though started the movie on the novel "Red Alert" by Peter George as an intense thriller, but later decided to turn it into a comical satire with many funny sequences involving the top officials of both the world powers.

The hilarious mess in the film begins when a paranoid Brigadier General Jack decides to order a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, without informing or taking permission from his immediate superiors. Being the only person knowing the secret code to recall the bomber plane back, he completely shuts down the communication in & out of the base and is simply waiting for them to drop the bomb in the targeted region. As the deadly news somehow reaches the officers they call an emergency meeting in the Pentagon where the U.S. president meets all his advisors along with the Soviet ambassador.

Here as the U.S. President makes a frightening call to the Soviet Premier informing him that a bomber plane is heading towards them with a nuclear bomb then in return he gives even more shocking information which turns everyone into stone. The info says that if U.S.S.R is hit by any nuclear weapon then it will automatically trigger a “Doomsday Machine” designed and programmed by their scientists which will totally destroy all animal and plant life on the planet. After this exchange of such deadly revelations, the whole atmosphere in that chamber of Pentagon is a real treat to watch, which is executed in an unbelievably engaging way by the maestro Stanley Kubrick.

Peter Sellers plays a triple role portraying the three men who might avert this tragedy beginning with Captain Lionel Mandrake, the only person with access to the demented Gen. Ripper; U.S. President Merkin Muffley, whose best attempts to divert disaster depend on placating a drunken Soviet Premier and the former Nazi genius Dr. Strangelove. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards it also made a record in which Peter Sellers was the first actor to be nominated for a single Academy award (Best Actor) for the same film in which he portrayed three different characters on the screen. The maestro is simply remarkable playing the funny officer, confused President and the insane Dr. Strangelove getting a superb support from the entire rest of the cast. The film also has the longest title for a Best Picture nominee or winner (13 words long) plus remains the first and only comedy classic directed by Stanley Kubrick. In other interesting features of the movie includes its intelligently conceived War Room, interesting Camerawork (in Black & White) and its well directed climax with a vision.
In fact the fictional facts shown in film were so upsetting that it reportedly led to many major changes in the policies to ensure that such events never become possible in the real life. And the irony is that after almost 4 decades of its release, the message of this thoughtful Kubrick venture is still controversial and relevant as ever.
In short if you wish to see an important, entertaining & intelligent sarcastic film talking about the World Affairs in the most hilarious manner then do watch this precious masterpiece as a must without any second thoughts.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Starring : Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden and more.

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