Psychological Analysis Of Dr. Strangelove

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, a black and white movie, describes how the future world be destroyed by the detonation of nuclear bombs. The movie begins with that United States Air Force Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper orders his executive officer, Lionel Mandrake, to put the base on alert and sends bombers with nuclear bombs to attack the U.S.S.R. Meanwhile, at the Pentagon, the Soviet ambassador tells President Merkin Muffley that if the U.S.S.R. is hit by nuclear bombs, it will trigger a "Doomsday Machine" which will destroy all lives on Earth. General Buck Turgidson attempts to convince the President to let the attack continue and so the Soviet military cannot fight back. Instead of listening to Turgidson’s…show more content…
Released in 1964, Dr. Strangelove is a black comedy film that shows people’s fear to nuclear power in the twentieth century. What Americans scared the most during the Cold War was that a mad man in high place would use the nuclear bomb and trigger World War Three, which would destroy the Earth through nuclear power. Furthermore, the film shows a variety of people’s aspects of thinking. General Ripper, for instance, decides to attack the U.S.S.R. without notifying the President because of his patriotism and awareness of crisis. On the other hand, the President gives up the opportunity to attack the communists to their surprise because he considers the result of nuclear war will be miserable. The President’s opinion was the same as that of most of the people in the twentieth century. Their scares and worries to the nuclear power are clearly illustrated by the film. Therefore, considering the time and background of this movie produced, it can be asserted that this film has historical meaning of the Cold…show more content…
Not only being in black and white but also having limited special effects, Dr. Strangelove poorly shows the intensity of fighting and nuclear destruction scenes. Also, all the actions happen in monotonous three backgrounds, which are the inside of an airplane, a meeting room, and an office, making the film even more boring. In addition, since Peter Sellers acted three characters in the film, it is distracting and confusing when people watch the film and it also leads people to make unnecessary connections among these characters. The exaggerated acting of Sellers sometimes does not fit in the scenes, such as the funny conversation with Dimitri, which should be more serious and anxious. Although the cinematography was limited in the sixties, the filming and acting of this movie still weakens present-day people’s level of interest to

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