Dr. Strangelove Legacy
Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb is undoubtedly one of Kubrick's finer works, if not his finest. Like many other Kubrick films, it is often imitated, but never duplicated. I put it pretty much at the top of the list, for a number of reasons.
1. Obviously, Peter Sellers. Three characters. Two in the same scene. All before greenscreen/splitscreen/Nicholas-Cage-in-Adaptation. All hilarious. The man was a deranged genius, a child trapped in a man's body. If you have not seen the biopic film "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" and have even an ounce of interest in this enigmatic actor, definitely see it. It may just answer a few questions, and Geoffrey Rush IS Peter Sellers. It's pretty amazing.
2. George C. Scott. He's right there alongside Peter Sellers. The sequence when he, with the excitement of a ten-year-old boy, is describing how amazing it is to see B-52s fly overhead is priceless.
3. Excellent dialogue: "Gentlemen! You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!"
4. That sexually suggestive mid-air refueling Pablo Ferro-designed opening title sequence.
5. Sterling Hayden. From what I understand he came out of retirement to play this role. Who WHOA I just realized played the Police Chief that Michael assassinates in the restaurant in The Godfather!
6. Slim Pickens riding that H-bomb.
7. James Earl Jones as a young man.
8. The set design: From the war room with "The Big Board" and buffet, to the interior of the bomber, which apparently according to the USAF was eerily accurate to the classified designs of actual bombers!
9. The song "We'll Meet Again."
10. This amazing and revolutionary trailer, also designed by Pablo Ferro:
If you have seen Roman Coppola's film CQ, the trailer for Dr. Strangelove might seem familiar. Have a look at the trailer for the film inside the the film in CQ, Codename: Dragonfly:
Further influence can be seen in the 2009 British political satire, In The Loop (nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the most recent Academy Awards!), both in the subject matter: humorous misunderstandings and miscommunication leading to war, as well as in the promotional materials, like the obvious stylistic references to the above-posted Strangelove poster and the trailer.
The trailer also, if I'm not mistaken, pulls music from Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.
This is a really great film, and I am dying to get my hands on a copy of the British television series it is based on, The Thick Of It. Peter Capaldi plays one of my favorite foul-mouthed characters in recent years, Malcolm Tucker. Anyways these are just a few little nuggets that have been in the back of my mind for a couple months.