Film Review Dr. Strangelove

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, is a black comedy film that satirizes the nuclear arms race between the USSR and the United States. As for Stanley Kubrick’s view of American foreign policy, I believe that this film it is a realist point of view. The reason being is that the satire highlights the Cold War attitudes felt at the time. There was a focus on the missile gap between the USSR and the US. But most notably, it is the “doomsday device” that is the primary focus of the film’s satire. Even though these devices would obliterate all living things on earth, there was still debates about who “won.” Even though a “doomsday” device did not exist, mutually assured destruction, did. It can been seen as analogous in the sense that if a nuke attack occurred, the response would be even more deadly, assuring the death of nearly everyone. The characters in the film do symbolize various types of ideas and people. General Buck Turgidson is the head of the SAC Commander and a rabid anti-communist. He is the individual who consulted the president on how to deal with the Russians and nuclear war. He is a realist; nuclear war to him is a game and he does not view it as something that will lead to world destruction. General Jack D. Ripper, also a realist, is an ultra paranoid nationalist. He believed that the fluoridation of drinking water was a communist conspiracy that it needed to be destroyed to stop the communist advance in America. He was the one who sent hydrogen bombs to take out the USSR. One major theme that is satirized is the idea of nationalism. There is a sense of political nationalism and have intense disdain and distrust in the enemy. When the crew on of B-52 was flying to drop hydrogen bombs in the USSR, the crew’s leader, Major T.J. Kong’s prep talk was extremely nationalist. There was a diverse crew, a black man, a Jewish

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