Outdoor Movie: Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Wed, July 20 2016
Outdoor Film Series
La Peg at FringeArtsMap
Part of the Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Series.
Films, food, and drink al fresco at our waterfront Haas Biergarten every Wednesday night. Screenings are free! Drinks and food are available for purchase from La Peg.
To increase accessibility for our patrons, English subtitles will be on screen when possible.
In anticipation of the Democratic National Convention in Philly, let’s indulge in a worst-case scenario. A satirical black comedy that plays on Cold War-era fears of nuclear war, Dr. Strangelove deals in power, paranoia, and xenophobia. Sound familiar?
In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers’ minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button — and played the situation for laughs. Dr. Strangelove’s jet-black satire (from a script by director Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern) and a host of superb comic performances (including three from Peter Sellers) have kept the film fresh and entertaining, even as its issues have become (slightly) less timely. Loaded with thermonuclear weapons, a U.S. bomber piloted by Maj. T.J. “King” Kong (Slim Pickens) is on a routine flight pattern near the Soviet Union when they receive orders to commence Wing Attack Plan R, best summarized by Maj. Kong as “Nuclear combat! Toe to toe with the Russkies!” On the ground at Burpleson Air Force Base, Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) notices nothing on the news about America being at war. Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) calmly informs him that he gave the command to attack the Soviet Union because it was high time someone did something about fluoridation, which is sapping Americans’ bodily fluids (and apparently has something to do with Ripper’s sexual dysfunction). Meanwhile, President Merkin Muffley (Sellers again) meets with his top Pentagon advisors, including super-hawk Gen. Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott), who sees this as an opportunity to do something about Communism in general and Russians in particular. However, the ante is upped considerably when Soviet ambassador de Sadesky (Peter Bull) informs Muffley and his staff of the latest innovation in Soviet weapons technology: a “Doomsday Machine” that will destroy the entire world if the Russians are attacked.