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

By AARON MESH
[ONE NIGHT ONLY, REVIVAL] Peter Sellers may hog all the glory for playing three roles in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, but it’s Sterling Hayden’s Gen. Jack D. Ripper who keeps appearing in different manifestations down through the years. Hayden is one of the few players in Strangelove who doesn’t let on any awareness of the joke, so his all-American know-nothing paranoia perfectly presages every solemn, irrational conspiracy purveyor to come. As for the rest of the movie...I don't know. It's one of the few canonical comedies that isn't funnier every time you watch it: The jokes are mostly on the surface, as if Stanley Kubrick feared that human engagement would rub the polish of a gleaming, satanic gag. Sellers' monkeyshines are wearisome (though his President is enjoyably wearied) and the movie is lucky that the actor sprained his ankle and couldn't play Major Kong—Slim Pickens is perfect, because he actually didn't know it was a comedy. In life, we never know it's a comedy.
 

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Roseway. 8:30 pm Friday, April 8.
 
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, January 29, 1964
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Critic's Score: 75
  • Starring: Peter Sellers [Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove], George C. Scott [General
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick [Director], Peter George [Writer (Novel)], Stanley Kubrick [Writer], Terry Southern [Writer], Peter George [Writer], Stanley Kubrick [Producer], Victor Lyndon [Associate Producer], Leon Minoff [Executive Producer], Laurie Johnson [Original Music], Gilbert Taylor [Cinematographer], Anthony Harvey [Film Editor], Ken Adam [Production Designer], Peter Murton [Art Direction], Stewart Freeborn [Makeup Artist], Barbara Ritchie [Hair Stylist], Clifton Brandon [Production Manager], Eric Rattray [Assistant Director], Leslie Hodgson [Sound Editor], Ray Lovejoy [Assistant Editor], Kelvin Pike [Camera Operator]
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