Criterion Year Week 71: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

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

Spine Number: 821

Director:Stanley Kubrick

Genre: Comedy


Kubrick is one of those directors that is almsot impossible to discuss objectively. There is an obsessive cult surrounding his work that declares any of his work to be unquestioned genuis. And, let's be honest, that reputation is well earned. The brilliance of his work is completely undeniable.

What happens when a filmmaker of his skill decides to make a jet black comedy about one of the most terrifying issues of the day?

Well, you get Dr. Strangelove.


On top of Kubrick's incredible directing, you get a collection of performanes that rivals any in the history of film. Peter Sellers, and Sterlig Haden, and Peter Sellers, and George C. Scott, and Peter Sellers, and Keenan Wynn all give career defining performances. Sellers, pulling triple duty, which is pretty par for the course for him, delivers three absolute stand out performances, and possibly the greatest comedic sceen in the history of film (and the only one sided phone call to eclipse Bob Newhart in sheer comedic brilliance).


Not much else to say. So, check it out with us, won't you?




Next time...

Spine number 823: The In-Laws

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