Dr Strangelove is still considered 50 years on as a true classic and one of the finest black comedies ever made. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture (1964), Stanley Kubrick’s comedy about a group of paranoia-inspired, war-happy generals who manage to initiate an “accidental” nuclear apocalypse, is horribly frightening, delightfully funny and surprisingly relevant to this day.
This is the saga of two psychotic generals: Joint Chief of Staff “Buck” Turgidson (George C. Scott) and Air Force Strategic Commander Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden), who orders a bomber squadron to attack the USSR, triggering a Soviet secret weapon, the “Doomsday Machine”, a diabolical retaliatory missile system. Peter Sellers portrays a trio of men who attempt to avert this catastrophe: British Captain Lionel Mandrake, the only person with access to paranoid Gen. Ripper; U.S. President Muffley, whose best attempt at diverting this disaster depends on convincing a boozed-up Soviet Premier it’s all a farce.
- The Cold War: picture-in-picture and pop up trivia track
- No fighting in the war room: or Dr. Strangelove and the nuclear threat
- Inside: Dr. Strangelove or: how I learned to stop worrying and the love bomb
- Best sellers or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove
- The art of Stanley Kubrick from short films to Strangelove
- An interview with Robert McNamara
- Split screen interviews with Peter Sellers and George C Scott