Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb: A Scary Comedy

         The film I chose to write my third film summary on is Stanley Kubrick's 1964 classic Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb. I chose this film because Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director, and in my opinion he is the greatest director in film history. I could never pick my favorite Kubrick film because they all are so classic, but this movie definitely has no let downs. I also think this film can easily be compared to what is going on today in America and Bush's so-called war.

         I love the fact that Kubrick had the guts to make a film about communists at a time when America was so afraid of their take over. This film might have had a different effect on me if I would have watched it when it first came out, but because I watched it so many decades later I find every scene to be flat out hilarious. This film has one of my favorite endings of all time, and one of the most memorable endings in film history just because Kubrick decided to show the bomb scene while the song "Will Meet Again" was playing. The end of this film is so scary because it seems so real when you start to think about all of the weapons man has created since the begging of time.

         Another thing I love about this movie is the brilliant acting in it. It amazes me that Peter Sellers plays three characters in this movie, because they are all so unique and he plays them all so well. This film also shows a great example of the working relationship between Kubrick and actor Sterling Hayden, which is shown in Hayden's performance in this film as well as The Killing (1956), another Kubrick classic. My favorite performance in Dr. Strangelove comes from George C. Scott, because his dialogue is as funny as it gets. One of my favorite scenes is where his character Buck picks a fight with the Russian in the war room. This movie is completely war driven because it only has one girl in it, and she only has one scene.

         The greatest thing about Kubrick's films to me is that they all can almost be classified in a different genre, and this is definitely his comedy. It still amazes me that he made a successful film about nuclear war, because it is such a scary topic. The success of this film gave Kubrick both the financial and artistic freedom to work on any project he chose, which definitely shows in his later works. I strongly believe this film will always be a classic because it gave Kubrick the directing privileges he needed to become the directing legend he is.

Chad Cooper

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