Formidable institution, AFI list mainstay and the Kubrick least likely to cause dissent, this Cold War “nightmare comedy” is so canonical it’s easy to forget that it’s also radical, devastatingly funny and eerily prescient.
Fearful the Russkies are fluoridating America’s drinking water to pollute “our precious bodily fluids,” General Jack D. Ripper fires up the “Doomsday Machine,” sending the world’s power players scrambling. Released when the End was awfully close to nigh, Strangelove was intended to be gravely serious, but as Kubrick began to contemplate “mutally assured destruction” (aka MAD), he couldn’t help but zero in on the lunacy. “One of the great adolescent pranks perpetrated in movies.” – J. Hoberman
Director: Stanley Kubrick. 91 min. 1964. 35mm.
Following the film, we’ll be joined by a panel of experts in an attempt to diagnose our collective doomsday complex and wrap our heads around the lunacy of it all. Featuring neuroscientist Joseph Le Doux (Synaptic Self), Dr. Mark Siegel (False Alarm: The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear), Lee Quinby (Millenial Seduction), Keith Uhlich (Time Out NY) and Mark Asch (The L Magazine), moderated by BOMB’s Paul W. Morris.
Part of the Doomsday Film Festival and Symposium.
Co-presented by BOMB.
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