05.02.19 | Dr. Strangelove
Or… How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, Stanley Kubrick’s masterful comedy / satire captured the zeitgeist of the day - our worst nuclear fears and the MADness of Mutually Assured Destruction. You all know the story – an insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
The film is filled with acutely-observed and indelible characters – from Peter Sellers’ triple role as Group Captain Mandrake, President Mufflen, and, of course – the Doctor, himself – to Georce C. Scott’s General Buck Turgidson – to Sterling Hayden’s Brig. General Jack D. Ripper, Keenan Wynn’s Colonal Bat Guano – and Slim Pickens’ Major King Kong – the film was a brilliant precursor to the outrageous characters of SNL, satirizing the madness of the day.