TCM Big Screen Classics Presents
Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Sony Pictures Entertainment present on the big screen the Stanley Kubrick classic:
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Bursting into cinemas nationwide for a special two-day event Sunday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 21.
With exclusive commentary from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz that helps decipher the many layers of satire in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece.
Peter Sellers is at his over the top best with his performance as nutcase Dr. Strangelove.(and a few other characters) A wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist with bizarre ideas about man’s future. The entire war room scene totally represents the lunacy of nuclear war.
Columbia Pictures agreed to finance the film if Peter Sellers played at least four major roles. The condition stemmed from the studio’s opinion that much of the success of Kubrick’s previous film Lolita (1962) was based on Sellers’s performance in which his single character assumes a number of identities.
Sellers is said to have improvised much of his dialogue, with Kubrick incorporating the ad-libs into the written screenplay so the improvised lines became part of the official screenplay.
Dr. Strangelove is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the USSR and the USA. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, stars Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, and features Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, and Slim Pickens. The film is loosely based on Peter George‘s thriller novel Red Alert. (Wikipedia)
Awards and honors
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and also seven BAFTA Awards, of which it won four.
Kubrick won two awards for best director, from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, and was nominated for one by the Directors Guild of America.
In 1989 the United States Library of Congress included it in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was listed as number three on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list.
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I never knew that was a kubric film – interesting. I’m curious how well it might hold up to viewing today. I remember the summer Clockwork Orange came out. There were NO pleasant movies that year, except “Butterflies are Free.”
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Funny, when researching I came across the video I posted with his films and there were several I had no idea where his. His films were definitely not sunshine and rainbows. Haven’t watched Strangelove in quite some time. Maybe I’ll fire it up tonight. Glad you liked the post. Thanks
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