Compare and Contrast Failsafe and Dr. Strangelove

505 Words3 Pages
In the 1960s both the USA and USSR were threatening each other all the time with nuclear weapons. When we talk about nuclear war, we mean talking about bombs, radiation, destruction, chaos, and paranoia. Dr. Strangelove is a 1964 movie that was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is a black comedy whose story line is remarkably close to the much more serious movie Fail-Safe. Dr. Strangelove is based on the serious novel Red Alert by Peter George. Kubrick decided to turn the story into a comedy. Two movies, “Dr. Strangelove” and “Fail-Safe”, have similar stories but in terms of characters and how they solve similar problems, they have nothing in common. On one hand we have “Dr. Strangelove” who makes us laugh about what we should be concerned and worried about, and the film transforms this horrible idea about the bomb and massive destruction into something funny and peculiar that we should accept as part of our normal life. In this film all the characters seems to be unreal and mentally insane. A human sickness is the one who determines when, where, and how we should drop a bomb. On the other hand, we have “Fail-Safe” that, from a very serious point of view, exposes the problematic of nuclear bombs. This film causes stress and builds tension from the begging to the end. There are no jokes in this film, and it’s “fail point” is not directly a human one, but it a mechanical malfunction in the system that causes the conflict. The characters in this film are educated and knowledgeable people who are experts on the material, but still cannot resolve the problem. Both movies are catalogued under science fiction, and even though it seems improbable that the USA and the USSR could destroy each other, they were absolutely capable of doing it. Although both of these films focus in the same subject, the way they approach the nuclear bomb problem is completely
Open Document