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Oct 29, 2004

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

This had to be one kickass movie of its times, one of the coldest periods of cold war, 1964. Cuban Missile Crisis, assassination fo President Kennedy, the Russians getting ahead in the space race and then comes Stanley Kubrik with this funny satire about the Cold War.

The opening sequence,mid air tanking of a B-52 bomber was scavenged by the film's photographers from old stock footage from one of the studios in Hollywood and was used in the film, thus the start itself alerts the viewer of the out-of-the-box nature of the movie. Peter Sellers plays three different roles in the movie, each one better than the other. The War Room in Oval Office, is an interesting set so is the cockpit and controls of the B-52 bomber which the set technicians had to create all by themselves because the US navy refused to let them show any B-52 bombers. The War Room is equally famous, so much so that when Reagen became the President he asked his aide to be shown the War Room, to which the aide replied there was no War Room in the Oval Office, then Reagen said, "I thought there was one, they showed it in the film Dr.Strangelove!"

The screen play is crazily hilarious, it is like watching the world with your funny glasses on. The poster of the movie shown here was only released in urban centers because Columbia Pictures thought it was too artsy for commoners to understand.