Dr. Strangelove Or: How Stanley Kubrick Invented Black Comedy
By | June 6, 2019
Audiences had never quite seen anything like Dr. Strangelove, and there hasn't been a film quite like it since.
Beginnings Of The Film
The dilemma begins when Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper sets nuclear war with Russia in motion. Ripper, a slightly unhinged character, believes that the Russians were poisoning the water supply with fluoride. The rest of the film focuses on the repercussions of his action, showing the absurdity of the people who are making decisions that may impact humanity.
The film was based on the novel Red Alert by Peter George. Although George collaborated with Stanley Kubrick, the director, and satirist Terry Southern, there were some differences between the film and the book. The film retained much of the main plot and technical elements of the novel. However, the novel did not include the character Dr. Strangelove and it was much more serious than the film. Kubrick had originally planned to film a drama, but during research, discovered comedic elements in the situation and eventually fully incorporated them into the film.