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Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' (2000)

Documentary on the making of Kubrick's classic film.

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... Himself - Former Producing Partner of Stanley Kubrick
Alexander Walker ... Himself - Film Critic
Lee Minoff ... Himself - Executive Producer
... Himself - Production Designer
Carol Southern ... Herself - Wife of Terry Southern
Nile Southern ... Himself - Son of Terry Southern
... Himself - 'Lieutenant Lothar Zogg'
Bridget Sellers ... Herself - Wardrobe
... Himself - Art Director
... Himself - Director of Photography
Dee Taylor ... Herself - Wife of Gilbert Taylor
Ray Lovejoy ... Himself - Assistant Editor
Joseph McGrath ... Himself - Friend of Peter Sellers (as Joe McGrath)
Pamela Carlton ... Herself - Continuity
... Himself - Editor
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A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of one of the classics of modern cinema. Including interviews with many members of the cast and crew of this story about the scramble by the heads of state to head off a rogue general's attempt to launch a nuclear war, this film gives fans a wealth of new information on the work and effort that went into bringing the film to fruition. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <[email protected]>

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The titles for this film were designed by Pablo Ferro, who created the distinctive titles of the original Dr. Strangelove. See more »

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Concise Documentary
5 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's been more than half a century since the release of "Dr. Strangelove" and yet references to it still crop up in vernacular culture from time to time. It's made that much of an impression, illustrating the tragedy and the comedy implicit in the concept of Mutual Assured Destruction. Each side is afraid to launch, knowing that the other side will also launch, and the insects will inherit the earth.

Yet, I wonder exactly how much of that initial impression has faded, and how very selective the lesson has become. We no longer have great big bombers circling at Fail-Safe points or myriad nuclear missiles pointed at one another, but we are building wall, shields, missiles, and seem to be readying ourselves for the next Cold War. Our attempts at suppressing nuclear proliferation in unstable areas are sometimes ridiculed as foolhardy. Is there something in us that ENJOYS the rush of danger? Is tranquility boring?

Enough of the lectern. This neatly produced documentary about the making of the film begins at the beginning, Kubrik's discovery of the novel that the movie is based on, and ends with a celebratory recounting of the film's merchandising, like the sale of cheap radioactive counters modeled on that used by Dr. Strangelove.

If you haven't looked into the production before, you'll find some new stuff, like a misspelling in the opening titles. If you already know something about it, you'll learn still more from the interviews with surviving participant, most of the principals, alas, having passed on.

"Dr. Strangelove" is a brilliant film, from the sexy opening shots of B-52s refueling in midair, to the closing exclamation from Peter Seller's sinister character.


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