Dr.Strangelove Film Analysis Essay

2447 Words Dec 28th, 2010 10 Pages
In 1964, Stanley Kubrick released Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb to both critical and commercial praise. The historical context surrounding the film’s release was at the height of the Cold War, just over a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis as the Vietnam War was beginning to escalate. While based on a more serious book, Red Alert by Peter George, it was soon transformed into a black comedy that parodied the absurdity of global nuclear destruction and the mentality of the Cold War. While not as overtly anti-war as his third film Paths of Glory, Kubrick still manages to show the ridiculousness of nuclear war while linking two basic male instincts together, sex and the desire to kill.
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Technology One of the major themes that Kubrick displays throughout the film is the inherited difficulties of the communication process. Much of the dialogue takes place over the telephone or radio and the major conflicts of the film centre on the shortcomings of both. Ripper’s initial request to have Mandrake issue the go code to the bomber wing takes place over the phone. Ripper then orders Mandrake to impound all personal radios for fear that they might be used to communicate and issue propaganda from the enemy. The attack plan is radioed to the planes, which are holding their fail safe points. The orders are transmitted over a military radio that which requires a coded three letter prefix for the plane to receive the message. This has become the first of many major conflicts surrounding technological communications. After the recall code is transmitted, things begin to get worse. All but one of the planes has responded to the recall code and returns to base. However, Kong’s B-52 has been damaged and the recall code has not been received. The plane is unaware of the recall device or the doomsday device which eventually leads to Kong continuing toward the target and subsequent destruction of the world. The use of the telephone throughout the film is displayed in one sided conversations where the audience is not privy to the conversation on the other end of the line. When

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