Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


Kubrick’s definitely consistent with his pacing, that’s for sure. But fortunately he’s also consistent with his brilliance. It’s also fortunate that our nuclear scientists weren’t actually quite so questionable as Dr. Strangelove, in spite of the end result of their work.

Creepy synchronicity note: when we flipped over to the TV signal upon finishing the film, the first thing we saw was Thirteen Days. I’m going to go continue reading The Making of the Atomic Bomb now.

One reply on “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

  1. Not so questionable? See Edward Teller (“Father of the hydrogen bomb” along with the mathematician Stanislaw Ulam), though The Making of the Atomic Bomb only ends when Teller has just started being creepy. Teller and, I believe, General Curtis LeMay, argued for a pre-emptive nuking of Russia, under the assumption that they were going to nuke us if they ever had the chance. Along the way, Teller managed to blacklist Robert Oppenheimer for the latter’s pacifism, and I’m told that Oppenheimer only missed getting the Nobel Prize because of Teller’s insanity.

    (My source here is my memory, drawing on The Fifties by David Halberstam — another book that you should get right on, if only to counteract the popular American notion that the Fifties were a time of submissive housewives and smiling Whitey with a festering repression underneath.)

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