No Fighting In The War Room Or Dr Strangelove And The Nuclear Threat

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When Stanley Kubrick and collaborator Terry Southern first considered adapting Peter George’s Cold War novel Red Alert, it was to be a straight thriller. But as they delved deeper, they felt the overwhelming mood was one of frightening farce. Kubrick stated:

My idea of doing it (Doctor Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) as a nightmare comedy came in the early weeks of working on the screenplay. I found that in trying to put meat on the bones and to imagine the scenes fully, one had to keep leaving out of it things which were either absurd or paradoxical, in order to keep it from being funny; and these things seemed to be close to the heart of the scenes in question.”

Yet people lived through the very scenario propagated as a very real threat by the film. No Fighting In The War Room Or: Doctor Strangelove And The Nuclear Threat is a 2004 documentary that examines the film in the context of the Cold War, with many talking head interviews, numerous clips from the film, production stills, and other rare material from the private collection of the film’s (multiple) star, Peter Sellers. Video via Frame-Paradiso on Vimeo.

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