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Dr. Strangelove 1964 classic anti-war movie

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Most of the war movies are actually anti-war movies - by showing how horrible the war really is they try to remind us why war isn’t the solution we are looking for and should be used as a really last resort. But all war movies about Cold War were in fact anti-war movies - it was the time people began to realize that nuclear weapon changed the face of the world and nuclear war in fact will be the last, because the won’t be anyone left...


Dr. Strangelove, also entitled Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, is one of the finest anti-war movies showing the insanity the Cold War was and how one person could have destroyed the humanity within couple of hours. American General Jack D. Ripper gives the executive order to the strategic bombers to begin the Wing Attack Plan R. RAF Captain Mandrake passes the codes to crews and just like he was ordered he cuts off any form of communication with outside world. Commanders of the bombers checked the codes and in accordance to the Wing Attack Plan R instructions changed their course so they could attack targets in Soviet Union using nuclear weapons. When Mandrake realizes that the order was not given by Pentagon, but is seems was just initiative of Ripper, it seems already too late to do something about it. President of United States soon learns the same thing.

Powerful anti-war movie very similar to Fail-Safe (which is not a coincidence) and just like all of the war movies about Cold War shows the universal message - in case of nuclear war there won’t any winners, because there won’t be anyone left. In 1960s when Fail-Safe and Dr. Strangelove premiered it was not just a theoretical threat - several times the world was on a verge of global destruction and the artists were trying to make the politicians realize they are not playing with chess pieces, but with the further existence of human kind.

Great performance from Peter Sellers and rest of the cast, brilliant screenplay and one of the iconic anti-war movies.


Notes

  • The plagiarism lawsuit connect Fail-Safe and Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick suing producers of Fail-Safe claiming that the novel Fail-Safe was copy of Red Alert novel on which Dr. Strangelove was based.



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