Sunday, February 21, 2010

Best Pictures That Never Were: Day 5

Year: 1964
Movie: Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Best Picture Winner: My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady is a good movie, but it’s not a film that I can watch again and again but when it comes to Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy about an “accidental” nuclear attack, well now there something that’s worth multiple viewings.
Dr. Strangelove came out when the paranoia about the Cold War was at an all-time high. A crazed General (Sterling Hayden) is convinced that communist are polluting America’s “precious bodily fluids”, so he orders a surprise nuclear air strike on the USSR.
His aide Captain Mandrake (Peter Sellers) sees the Generals’ crazy ways and tries to figure out a recall code to stop the bombing.
In America the President (Peter Sellers) gets on the hot line to try and convince the drunk Soviet premier hat the attack is a mistake. This is all happening as the President’s ex-Nazi scientist, Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers), confirms the existence of the Doomsday Machine. A machine that is a secret Soviet retaliatory device guaranteed to end the human race.
This movie has so much to keep you entertained and to keep coming back for more. The performances by Peter Sellers is what made this film, they were all funny, strange and unique. This film had a lot of competition when it came to My Fair Lady but it should have won Best Picture.
Dr. Strangelove was a unique experience, something no one had thought of or could ever recreate.

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