🎬 Film Class #3 : Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
With Stanley Kubrick's seventh film, everything could turn out differently. The director himself acknowledged that he had been particularly interested in nuclear weapons in the 1950s and had read about eighty books and contacted several experts dealing with this issue.
So he found the novel Red Alert (1958) by Peter George and redeemed the screening rights so that he would soon start working on the script with the author. It was a story about a mad general who had decided to throw a bomb on the Soviet Union, and in the film it was supposed to be told from the perspective of extraterrestrial civilization that testifies to Earth's failure.
The effort to capture the work of "serious" topics was hampered by numerous situations. Kubrick was not sure if he wanted the "serious" story, so it seemed that the satirical and humorous approach would be better suited to the subject, and at the same time would create a film that had a new angle in approach from the former canon of the Cold War theme.
Project was taken over by Columbia Pictures, and the new distributor, following the success of Lolita, required Peter Sellers to play. Peter George has been implicated in the lawsuit because he had filed a lawsuit against two authors for plagiarizing his text. The second novel was also in the process of pre-production and was a competition for Kubrick's project. The director has ultimately decided to bring the screenwriter and writer Terry Southern to work in comic and satirical dress. (1)
The story of the movie begins in medias res: General Jack D. Ripper, commander of Burpelson Air Force Base, has gone crazy. This would not be that big a deal, but Burpelson Air Force Base is home to the Strategic Air Command’s 843rd Bomber Wing. Those bombers are B-52s fitted with nuclear warheads. And thanks to the fact that no one in the military seem to notice the increasingly paranoid behavior of General Ripper, those bombers are currently on their way to their targets deep inside the Soviet Union under impression that all-out nuclear war is imminent. (2)
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