Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Fathom Highlights Dr Strangelove

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September 2016 – Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies, brought back to the big screen the iconic satirical black comedy about nuclear war Dr Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb that was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The mid 1960’s film is still an impressive and hilarious bit of cinema, and show the mastery of the story telling as the last B&W film made by Kubrick.

The film featured Peter Sellers in 3 roles in the film:

  • Dr. Strangelove who is an eccentric, wheel-chair bound German scientist and Presidential advisor with an uncontrollable mechanical hand.
  • Mr. Merkin Muffley the President of the US dealing with the crisis in a hapless fashion.
  • Group Captain Lionel Mandrake who is a British Exchange Programme liaison officer assigned to the strategic Air Command and the psychotic commander who calls in the nuclear weapons drop on Russia.

Fathom Events - Dr Strangelove - courtesy of AMC Theaters

The film, which was restored for the big screen, was very bright, and was greeted with applause and cheers by the very full theater. The majority of the crowd knew the film from the small screen and had enjoyed it in the past, and now wanted to get the theater experience that has not been available for over 50 years. Many of the crowd brought their children (now in their 20’s and 30’s ) who enjoyed the film as cinema, but did not have the relationship with the story line as those who grew up in the 60’s.

 

Following the film, there were many audience side discussions on the competitive nature of the “salt mine gap” and the entire concept of the “doomsday device” in today’s political environment.

The film is still a classic example of political satire with a story and characterizations that identify some of absurd commonality between war and the aggressive military mindset with male sex drive and sexual obsession.
 

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