03/06/2008 03:36

Dr. Strangelove in Pedja's Film Collection

Great Britain, 1964, 93 min
Direction: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull
Awards: Best British Art Direction, Best British Film, Best Film from any Source, UN Award, BAFTA Awards, 1965, Best European Film, Bodil Awards 1964, Best Dramatic Presentation, Hugo Awards, 1965, Best Director - Foreign Film, Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, 1965, National Film Registry, National Film Preservation Board, USA, 1989, Best Director, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 1964, Best Written American Comedy, Writers Guild of America, USA, 1965; nominations: 4 in total
Selection: Pedja's Film Collection

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a cult black comedy by Stanley Kubrick. The leading roles were masterfully played by Peter Sellers and George C. Scott. The screenplay was created on the basis of a work by Peter Georg, called Red Alert (Two Hours to Doom). Dr. Strangelove is a satirical and ironical view on the idea of the cold war and the international inhospitality, usually originating as a result of senseless acts made by individuals.

The movie shows a mentally unstable general of the American air force, Jack D. Rippera, who conceives that Russain communists have infiltrated into the precious American nation and that a great conspiracy is being prepared. This is why he decides for a nuclear attack of apocaliptic proportions on the Soviet Union. The president of USA, his councelor, and top army commanders try to stop the attack. After numerous comical obstacles, we begin to wonder if the B-52 crew will be successfully stopped or a world disaster is about to break...

An interesting thing is that Peter Sellers, on Columbia Pictures’ demands, played three lead roles in Dr. Strangelove. The film studio actually thought that the great success of the previous Kubrick’s movie, Lolita was the result of Sellers’s successful performance in more that one role. In Dr. Strangelove, Sellers appear, with exquisite acting metamorphosis, in the title role of a former Nazi lieutenant, then as President Merkin Muffley and finally as captain Lionel Mandrake.