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Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 - 1991; Aviation;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Leadership;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Ages: 10+; Not Rated; Satire; 1964; 93 minutes; B & W.
Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb takes place in the early 1960s during the Cold War. Jack Ripper is an insane U.S. Air Force General. Obsessed with fears of "the Communist conspiracy," General Ripper orders the B-52s under his command to launch a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. He is the only person who has the code that will recall the bombers. Once the planes are on their way, General Ripper seals off his base and refuses all communication, including telephone calls from the President of the United States. The movie is a satiric, black humored exploration of the government's efforts to call the planes back.
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Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is an entertaining introduction to the Cold War, the problem of accidental nuclear war, and the atomic bomb.
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Benefits: Dr. Strangelove is a classic which contains several of the most memorable sequences and characters ever filmed. It explores the absurdity of nuclear weapons and satirizes the strategy of "Mutual Assured Destruction," a strategy which, while outrageous and risky, kept the U.S. and Soviet Union from blowing each other up during the Cold War. The film shows the tremendous technology of war and the moral bankruptcy of military planners who would accept millions of casualties as a mere cost of war.
The movie has excellent black humor and is brilliantly written, acted, and directed. It should be shown to all children.
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