Dr. Strangelove Movie Review And Analysis Hood College, Fys Critical Analysis

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Matt Gola Dr. Strangelove Review FYS 101-14: A. Flora
Despite being inspired by, Red Alert, a serious novel about nuclear warfare and its
consequences, it is no surprise that the nuclear combat seen in Dr. Strangelove is portrayed as a
dark comedy. The inherent paradox that lies underneath the dire situation displayed in Dr.
Strangelove - that nuclear weapons are built and used in the name of peace - is an absurd ideal.
What to do in the face of something as absurd and incomprehensible as all-out nuclear
annihilation but laugh? While even in today’s political climate nuclear war seems like a distant,
dystopian future, during the Cold War - when Dr. Strangelove was filmed and released - the
threat of nuclear annihilation perpetrated by the Soviet Union was constantly on the mind of U.S.
citizens, politicians, and generals. This is the principle reason why I decided to write about Dr.
Strangelove. Of all the movies provided on the approved list, Stanley Kubrick’s controversial
take on the idea of ‘Mutual Assured Destruction’ was the only option that saw the situation for
what it really was and still is today: ludicrous, despite the possibility being so real.
Dr. Strangelove begins with General John D. Ripper going renegade and ordering a
division of B-52 nuclear bombers to execute “Wing Attack Plan R” in retaliation for Russia
supposedly poisoning America’s water supply through fluoridation . With this plan, the bombers 1
from Burpelson Air Force Base will not only attack their targets two hours away in Russia, but
will block all communication that does not have the right radio code. Upon hearing news of the
impending nuclear strike from General Buck Turgidson, President Merkin Muffley calls together
a meeting of senior officials in the War Room at the Pentagon. After alerting the Soviet premier
Dimitri Kissov of the renegade nuclear attack, Muffley learns from Russian ambassador Alexei
de Sadeski of the existence of a Soviet ‘doomsday device’. This device, which consists of many
buried bombs jacketed with “Cobalt-Thorium G” , will detonate automatically should any 2
nuclear attack strike the country, causing a nuclear winter that will engulf the entire globe for
almost one hundred years. Racing against time, American forces storm Burpelson Air Force Base
to obtain the radio code from General Ripper while the Russian’s down all but one of the nuclear
The debunked conspiracy theory that the USSR (or in some theories, the U.S. government) was 1
poisoning the U.S. water supply with the chemical fluoride.
A screenwriter’s take on a cobalt bomb. A cobalt bomb is a type of “salted bomb”: a nuclear weapon that 2
is designed to produce enhanced amounts of radioactive fallout, intended to contaminate a large area with
radioactive material.
Matt Gola Dr. Strangelove Review FYS 101-14: A. Flora
B-52s. Finally, General Ripper’s executive officer, Group Captain Lionel Mandrake discovers
the radio code but cannot get it to the president because he does not have...

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