Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ★★★★½

I've come to the realization that perhaps the only way to watch Dr: Strangelove is in the company of friends who love dark comedy as much as you do. Yesterday afternoon, I went with two friends of mine (Dr. Strangelove virgins) to a free screening at my local cinematheque. Oh what an experience.

I hadn't seen seen Dr. Strangelove since I was about 15 and inside I was nervous I would like it less the second time around. Just minutes in, I was relieved to find that I enjoyed it more than ever. Maybe it was the echo chamber-like qualities of an almost full room of Kubrick fans but I was laughing the entire time. In fact, I'm not sure exactly how well this bodes for my maturity but I was laughing practically at the mere mention of bodily fluids. Actually, scratch that, pretty much anything Sterling Hayden was gold.

What I mean to say that George C Scott was great. And by that I mean that Peter Sellers is amazing. But really it was a great ensemble cast and you can tell they had tons of fun making it (other than a squabble or two).

It's a little embarrassing to admit but on my first viewing, I didn't realize till almost halfway through that Sellers played three characters, rather than two. Yes, I know. But rather than grimace at my denseness, I think it's better to think of it as an ode to the diversity of the performances Peter Sellers gave.

Kubrick the film-making and apparently chess genius, also can't go without mention. Apparently, although he was generally stout faced, Kubrick couldn't help but laugh during Sellers' performance. That really says it all. Although, I can't be the only one trying to imagine someone as serious as Kubrick laughing uncontrollably, right?

As a prelude to the showing, there was a brief speech for Dr. Strangelove in which the audience was asked if we thought the end of the world was a laughing matter. If the reactions from the crowd was any indication, it certainly seems it can be, when done right. Until next time, when we'll meet again.

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