New Yorker: The half-century anniversary of “Dr. Strangelove”


In my opinion, satire has fallen a bit flat in the last couple of decades. In the age of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, we get our political satire in minutes-long segments on late-night TV, and that’s just not the right medium in which to see brilliance. Dr. Strangelove was brilliant satire, and I will admittedly only ever partially understand it, having not lived through the Cold War in any appreciable way.

The part of this article that really sticks out for me is Kubrick’s initial desire to do the movie as a serious piece. Of course, the nature of Mutually Assured Destruction is so absurd that a treatment of the subject matter must be by default. Talk about a different era.


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