Tales of a Strange Love in Dr. Strangelove Essay

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Tales of a Strange Love in Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove , filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's nuclear war satire, portrays America's leaders as fumbling idiots and forces American viewers to question the ability of their government.

Dr. Strangelove's cast explores the quirks and dysfunctional personality traits that a layperson would find far-fetched in a person of power. The characters are diverse yet unified in their unfailing stupidity and naivete. The film's hysterical dialogue sheds a darkly comic light at the most ironic of times-war. This film came out at a height of paranoia of the nuclear age and the Cold War, just after the Cuban Missile Crisis. It depicts a horrible, tragic incident in which a breach in the
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The American President does not mince words (and one is lead to believe he lacks the capacity to do so) in telling Dimitri, the Russian leader, of the soon-to-be exploding bomb. Listening to only one side of the telephone conversation, the viewer finds humor as the two bicker as playing children would: "I'm sorry too, Dimitri. I'm very sorry. All right! You're sorrier than I am! But I am sorry as well. I am as sorry as you are, Dimitri. Don't say that you are more sorry than I am, because I am capable of being just as sorry as you are. So we're both sorry, all right?" Adding humor to this already silly monologue is an American general's immature sparring with a Russian ambassador, which leads the President to bark ironically "You can't fight in here; this is the War Room!"

Meanwhile, nearly out of fuel, the commissioned aircraft must carry out its orders sooner than planned. Major Kong, the plane's pilot, after delivering a powerful speech on the importance of that day's events and the heroism shown by his cohorts, makes final preparations for the dropping of the bomb. Finding that the bomb door circuits are out of order, Kong retires to bottom of the aircraft for emergency reparations. Kong straddles the warhead, splicing circuits and correcting the problem. He then opens the bomb doors manually. He eyes the target below and realizes that a movement to dismount the bomb would cause it to be dropped late, and thus miss its intended point of detonation.

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