Dr. Strangelove

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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Certificate: PG
Length: 91 mins
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden

The screening will begin with an exclusive introductory short film “Stanley Kubrick Considers The Bomb”, taking us inside the mind of one of the greatest film directors of all time.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is a BAFTA Award-winning (Best Film 1965) and Oscar nominated dark comedy about a group of war-eager military men who plan a nuclear apocalypse. Through a series of military and political accidents, two psychotic generals – U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) and Joint Chief of Staff “Buck” Turgidson (George C. Scott) – trigger an ingenious, irrevocable scheme to attack Russia’s strategic targets with nuclear bombs. The brains behind the scheme belong to Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers), a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist who has bizarre ideas about man’s future. The President is helpless to stop the bombers, as is Captain Mandrake (also played by Sellers), the only man who can stop them…

“Age has not withered that final queasy nightmare of the mushroom clouds, set to Vera Lynn’s hopeful We’ll Meet Again – underscoring how the certainties of the second world war ceased to hold their meaning in the nuclear age.” ★★★★★ – Guardian

“Nothing would seen to be farther apart than nuclear war and comedy, yet Kubrick’s caper eloquently tackles a Fail-Safe subject with a light touch.” – Variety

“Kubrick has shown before that he is a director of rare gifts. Dr. Strangelove brings them into full realization.” – Hollywood Reporter