Dr. Strangelove Essay

3113 Words Feb 21st, 2006 13 Pages

Dr.Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb, is one of Stanley Kubrick's greatest works and the best dark comedy to hit the silver screen. Kubrick perfectly captures the tension caused by the Cold War and boldly produces this film at a time when the Cold War was at it's height. By using a comedic voice Kubrick is able to portray a very serious subject manner, such as nuclaear war, in a way people can understand through comedy. So incredible was this story that it could only be taken in, and absorbed as a satire. Kubrick knew this, so he turned to the novel Red Alert, by Peter George, and transformed it into a screenplay, and added a certain degree of absurdity. By enlisting the talents of hit
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Scott) jumps on the idea but immediately focuses on the possible continued communist threat. Worried the "Russkies" might get wise to the solution, "Mr. President, we must not allow a mine shaft gap!!" He has, in a sense, in the face of total annihilation, maintains focus on the ensuing Cold War, even if it means taking it with them to the grave. The film could not end any other way. If it had, no lesson would have been learned (by the audience) and that would have left the spectator definitely frustrated. To me that is the beauty of the ending, the characters didn't learn anything! It just pointed out how stupid, the best of us can be, after all these are supposed to be the great military minds, and leaders of the world. All of which meets its most appropriate end with the detonation of the "Doomsday device." Illustrated by Kubrick as a beautiful mosaic of music and nuclear explosions, watching it feels like watching a well choreographed waltz. The editing of this cinematic sequence at the end of the film is the image that always lingers in my mind when I think of Dr.Strangelove. The sequence is touching because the film builds up to these final explosions. Once this horrible reality comes to pass it is the imagery of these blasts choreographed and edited to the soothing song "We'll Meet Again." It creates a feeling of release and a feeling of finality. As mentioned earlier, one of the more memorable images of the film is that of Maj. Kong

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