Dr Strangelove + Stanley Kubrick Considers the Bomb PG
From the archive
This film was last shown on 30 May 2019
“Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!”
U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely and
utterly mad, and orders an attack to destroy the U.S.S.R. He suspects that the
communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of
the American people. The President meets with his advisors, where the Soviet
ambassador tells him that if the U.S.S.R. is hit by nuclear weapons, it will
trigger a "Doomsday Machine" that will destroy all life on Earth.
Peter Sellers plays the three men who might avert this tragedy: British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, the only person with access to General Rippes; U.S. President Merkin Muffley, whose best attempts to divert disaster depend on placating a drunken Soviet Premier; and former Nazi scientist, Dr. Strangelove. Will the bombers be stopped in time, or will General Ripper succeed in destroying the world?
All screenings will include exclusive short documentary ‘Stanley Kubrick Considers the Bomb’. With contributions from those who knew Kubrick best, including Katharina Kubrick, Jan Harlan (Kubrick’s Executive Producer and brother-in-law) and journalist and author Eric Schlosser, the film considers how Kubrick responded to society’s widespread concern about nuclear war and transformed it into his irreverent comic masterpiece.
- Stanley Kubrick
- 95 mins
- George C. Scott, Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden