Laughing off the end of the world
Instead of watching the Oscars (boring speeches) I went to the Historic Normal Theater and watched Kubrik’s classic, Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, James Earl Jones, et. al.
What a roar that movie is. And full of Kubrik’s trademark detail and perfection. You can’t help but admire the competence and sheer heroism of the bomber crew, and you root for them even though you know that if they reach their target, the whole world will be destroyed.
Sellers, Hayden, Scott and Pickens are absolute genius. How can I recommend this movie enough? OK, it isn’t as cheerful as My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins which both came out the same year, but I like dark humor.
Note to self: rent The Mouse That Roared from 1959. I barely remember it but I do recall that it was very funny and starred Peter Sellers. A small country declares war on the US hoping to surrender and then reap a Marshall Plan-style rebuilding. (Except… one of their scientists spoils their plan by inventing a superweapon, hilariously named the “Q-bomb” and shaped like a football…)