After seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) I have been wanting to see the other films of the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Today I saw his earlier film Dr. Strangelove (1964), a satirical comedy made during the height of cold-war tensions between USSR and USA. Even if you are unable to step into the prevailing public fears of the day, this movie will be thoroughly enjoyable. A must-watch for every movie-lover and to understand the craziness that prevailed within the two super-powers during the 60s.
This film can make you laugh in every frame while keeping you scared throughout.
The story is about a US Air Force general who has gone rogue and orders a nuclear strike against USSR by airborne B-52 bombers by deceptively invoking wartime provisions. The entire US establishment including the President finds themselves unable to stop the attack, they even collaborate with the Soviets in an attempt to find a way. Humans are the only species who wish to have the ability to destroy themselves and the whole planet they inhabit – the Doomsday machine is the example of this.
The film is based on Peter George’s thriller novel Red Alert (1958), reading the summary in Wikipedia I am amazed at Stanley Kubrick‘s talent to create a masterpiece from it and not another war film. Peter Sellers appears in three roles – Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, a British RAF exchange officer; President Merkin Muffley, the President of the United States; Dr. Strangelove, the wheelchair-bound nuclear war expert and former Nazi. Though the film carries the name of Dr Stangelove, who has a minor role with only 2 scenes that too in the end.