Dr. Strangelove

Kubrick has made many estimable films and some less so, but for me Dr. Strangelove is beyond compare. It is a film of many facets and details that reveal themselves with repeated viewings.

I was grateful to Tamsin Beevor for the opportunity to have Dr. Strangelove shown as part of the Forum’s presentation of candidate’s films on Sunday evening. A modest crowd turned up but it was good to hear so much laughter.

Any film with Peter Sellers in is a treat but here the characterisations are so well suited to his chameleon qualities that the half century since its filming is not apparent.

As I mentioned to the audience, there are numerous levels at which this film can be viewed. A good amusing story, a moral tale about the military industrial complex, a joke about military intelligence, a political fable, a jeux de mots or a protracted assemblage of sexual innuendo and double entendre.

What are we to make of President Merkin Muffley or Buck Turgidson or Premier Kisoff? Is that a refuelling probe on your aircraft or are you just pleased to see me?

Strangelove himself is an amalgam of von Neumann, von Braun and Kahm amongst others.

They don’t make ’em like that anymore!


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