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Screened/ Dr Strangelove

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Up next from Screened MCR after our partial summer hiatus is Stanley Kubrick’s classic Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Kubrick’s classic black comedy released in 1964 is as horrifying as it is hilarious.


Featuring the virtuouso performance of Peter Sellers playing 3 characters, Dr Strangelove satirises 1960’s Cold War paranoia, with the very real and existential crisis of complete nuclear destruction hanging over both the film, the audience and the world.


The film put forward the most pertinent question of the 20th Century – if the USA were to accidentally (or otherwise) release its legions of nuclear missiles directed at the USSR and wanted to reverse its apocalyptic error, what could it do?


Could the process be stopped?


Would the ‘experts’ of the US Military War Room come to a solution?


Would an understanding be reached with its sworn Cold War rival to avert mutual destruction?


For any of you who attended MIF’s utterly brilliant What If Women Ruled The World we have been really keen to show Dr Strangelove for a while, and as ever we have brilliant expert speaker discussing the film on the night!


Tom Tunstall Allcock is a lecturer in American history at the University of Manchester, specialising in Cold War foreign relations and the history of the presidency.


He will talk about the political and cultural context surrounding the production and impact of Dr Strangelove - a film that reflected and mocked years of increasingly dangerous Cold War nuclear tensions, and signalled an end to McCarthyism's lingering influence over U.S. cinema.

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