the heart of the Cold War. Paranoia is defined as “a mental condition characterized by delusions of...exaggeration,” and further, misperceptions of reality. This form of madness fueled the Cold War and its pop culture, government manipulation/exploitation of citizens, and the loss of humanity during the Cold War Era. Many of these themes are expressed in The Cold War 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Fear and the perception of fear have the potential to eliminate any concept of humanity, further leading to the question of how much of a perceived threat can a culture withstand before its humanity is lost.
One of the main themes within the film is deterrence. It is defined directly by Dr. Strangelove himself as “...the art of producing in the mind of the enemy...the fear to attack” (55:09); it can also be defined as a strategy with the intent of dissuading an adversary or opponent from taking an action not yet started. Dan Lindley explains, “deterrence requires the creation of fear...the enemy must fear that the…
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a film directed by Stanley Kubrick is a satirical film, which derides the Cold War fears politicians had over nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and U.S. but also a reflection of popular American opinion on what could occur if a nuclear outbreak. The U.S. felt the need to contain the communist expansion of the Soviet Union in Europe and to avoid it being spread to the eastern hemisphere which lead to Americans to develop nuclear…
His first film Killer’s Kiss dealt with greed, masculinity and the decline in human relationships. His second feature, the superior heist film, The Killing dealt with man’s inherit goal of greed, while his third feature, Paths of Glory, reflected an anti-war sentiment that man was more destructive than any machine. In Dr. Strangelove, he concludes that man and his machines will lead to the end of the world. Almost every movie after Dr. Strangelove explored the dark side of human nature.…
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Dr. Strangelove poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Tomi Ungerer
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Produced by Stanley Kubrick
Based on Red Alert
by Peter George
George C. Scott
Music by Laurie Johnson
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
we know it. Stanly Kubrick’s masterful comedy, Dr. Strangelove, dramatizes that very scenario. Kubrick gives the viewer a comedic look of what would happen if an unadvised order were issued and a devastating nuclear war were to take place. In the events of the film, a B-52 wing receives orders to drop its nuclear payload on Soviet targets. The Soviets warn that this will trigger their “Doomsday Machine” which cannot be stopped once the bomb is dropped. This is analogous to the real world…
Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove embodies the transition from classical to post classical cinema though its dark comedic portrayal of America’s biggest fear during the cold war: the bomb in a less than subtle or “PG” way, a feat not possible to even consider undergoing in classical Hollywood, and that’s without noting criticism of the US government. Though the dark comedic stylings of the film don’t fully describe the post classical transition on their own, it's the underlying lack of…
I’ve only seen one Stanley Kubrick film, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and I liked it very much. For my next foray into the venerated director’s filmography, I watched his previous picture: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. My recent venture into black comedy with “MASH” didn’t go so well, but I was sure I’d like this Kubrick film. And I did like it, but I still think it shows that I am out of my element with this subgenre of black comedy.
“Dr. Strangelove” tells…
During the 1960’s fear and paranoia had reached an all time high. The nations leader President Kennedy managed the issues regarding the idea of communism spreading and the possibility of nuclear warfare. The Cold War and The Cuban Missile Crisis became the center of the political issues that captured America’s fears. The focus of these two ideals became adapted, in two separate films: Three Presidents Go To War, and the satire black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I stopped Worrying and Loved the…
As stated by Belton Dr. Strangelove deal with cold war comedy in a very black tone specifically the concept of nuclear war and the mutually assured destruction that comes with it. The central element of the films comedic antics comes from Kubrick making fun of how fucking ridiculous and frightening the concept of nuclear war is especially how within the US military system of the time the potential for unplanned war was quite high. This frightening observation becomes the plot of Dr Strangelove…
Kubrick’s view of the Cold War is shown in his film, ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’. This anti-war film depicts the stupidity of nuclear war, and the constant fear the Americans had about the spread of communism to the West, all through a sarcastic undertone. International politics, gender roles, and the portrayal of communication (or lack of) are recurring themes in the film.
The American ideal of being the triumphant underdog is historically rooted and…