Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 black comedy film that satirizes popular Cold War fears and tensions between the United States and Soviet Union at the time.2 The film is directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick and stars Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Slim Pickens in various comedic roles that resemble real-life figures of the time.3 The film is loosely based on Peter George‘s 1958 thriller novel Red Alert.4
This film is being used for a digitally-based research project for the class U.S. History in Film with Dr. McClurken at the University of Mary Washington. The purpose of this project is to create an original online research project that analyzes a particular film dealing with a United States history topic. For this particular film I will be analyzing how it works as a primary and secondary source, the film’s depictions of Cold War fears, the overall theme of sex and war featured throughout the film, Stanley Kubrick’s unique influence on the film, and the critical response it received and continues to receive.
- Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter George, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” IMDb, January 29, 1964, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/.
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, DVD, directed by Stanley Kubrick (London, UK: Hawk Films, 1964).
- James Naremore, On Kubrick (London: British Film Institute, 2008), 123.
- Brian Siano, “A Commentary on Dr. Strangelove,” The Kubrick Site, 1995. http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0017.html?LMCL=A9Dt_B.
- Movieclips Classic Trailers, “Dr. Strangelove (1964) Trailer #1,” YouTube, February 13, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPU1AYTxwg4.