PRESENTED BY SCREEN NEXT THE SEA
at Alderman Peel School,Market Lane, Wells NR23 1RB
Dir: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens and Keenan Wynn
Curiously topical in these uncertain times, Dr Strangelove or how I learned to stop worrying about the bomb was made at the height of the cold war when anxiety and fear about the end of life as we know it was prevalent, tackling this through the lens of satire and surreal comedy. Briefly, the mad saga revolves around a psychotic out of control American Strategic Air Command Officer, General Jack D Ripper (Hayden) who lets loose his armed B52 bomber command squadron on the Soviet Union because of his paranoid belief that the Soviets are “tapping and contaminating all our precious bodily fluids” as part of their plan for world domination. Ripper is unaware that his attack will trigger the Soviets’ ultimate retaliatory weapon, the Doomsday Machine, which will blow up the entire planet.. The three men who might avert this tragedy are all played by Peter Sellers - British RAF officer Mandrake, the only man with direct access to the demented Ripper; the ineffective President of the USA, MerkinMuffley; and the former Nazi scientific genius Dr Strangelove…..
“The genius of Dr Strangelove is that it’s possible to laugh – and laugh hard – while still recognizing the intelligence and insight behind the humour” – James Berardinelli, Reelviews.