Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Political Satire In Dr Strangelove

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 political satire commentary on the Cold War. The film is built around the actions of the delusion Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper, who is convinced of an “international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.” Ripper’s highly unlikely theory leads him to command his B-52’s to drop hydrogen bombs on the U.S.S.R. by initiating Wing Attack Plan R, designed to be issued by a military official if a sneak attack were to wipe out Washington officials. It is only after Ripper puts his military base on lockdown that other government officials realize what’s going on, but by then it’s too late. Upon discovering that there are thermonuclear weapons en route to the Soviet Union,…show more content…
Mandrake, still on the base, discovers the code and relays it to the President. Mandrake is assumed to have saved the day; the code works and all aircrafts retreat, with the exception of two which Soviet officials have claimed were shot down. Unfortunately, a call from the Soviet Prime Minister revises that statement, now claiming that only one plane was shot down and that one badly damaged plane remains. Major Kong and his men finally reach their destination and drop the bomb. Devastated, President Muffley calls upon Dr.Strangelove to explain the consequences of the doomsday device. Strangelove explains that by harboring people in mine shafts they would likely be able to “preserve a nucleus of human specimen” until the earth's surface became inhabitable again in one hundred years. The movie ends with Strangelove excitedly declaring “Mein Fuhrer! I can walk!” as he stands from his wheelchair before the device is triggered. The final moments consist of varying angles of the bomb exploding, accompanied by the song We’ll Meet Again by Vera

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