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Stanley Kubrick

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Director Stanley Kubrick Composer Laurie Johnson Cast Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden
Edition 2024
95' - 1964 - War, Comedy - Dialogue: Russian, English
Even time has nothing on Stanley Kubrick's unrivalled, pitch-black Doomsday comedy that pits politicians and military personnel against each other as we head straight for nuclear catastrophe. A scene-stealing Peter Sellers excels in a wild trio of roles, including a manic ex-Nazi scientist whose mannerisms betray an old allegiance.
Shortly after the Cuban missile crisis, Cold War deterrence politics reached a peak, inspiring Stanley Kubrick to make this black comedy about an accidental US nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. Already, Kubrick demonstrates all his unrivaled talent as a conceptual filmmaker. The narrative constantly cuts back and forth between three locations (the War Room in the Pentagon; the military base from which the insane general gave the order to treat the Russians to atomic bombs; the B-52 bomber en route to the communist target) and three Peter Sellers (a weak US president; a stiff upper lip RAF officer; the crippled Dr Strangelove who learns to walk again as the world heads for destruction). Terry Southern wrote the rock-solid script full of absurd dialogue (‘Gentlemen, you can't fight here, this is the War Room!’) that, together with Kubrick's super-powerful direction, makes this 60-year-old film a timeless classic.

Tickets & screenings: from 19 September 2024.

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Credits

Directors

Stanley Kubrick

Composers

Laurie Johnson

Cast

Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden

Scenario

Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George

Director of Photography

Gilbert Taylor

Editors

Anthony Harvey

Producers

Stanley Kubrick

More info

Dialogue

Russian, English

Countries of production

United States of America, United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"Red Alert" (Peter George)

Year

1964