How best to tackle the subject of nuclear war? Some would say a documentary or a hard hitting docu-drama. Perhaps an action movie or thriller. Some might even use science fiction or perhaps horror. But comedy? Black comedy to tackle the most horrific subject imaginable? It'll never work!
Stanley Kubrick, genius that he was turned in his finest film in 1963 with Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Peter Sellers stars in three parts as the quiet but determined Captain Mandrake, the equally determined but powerless President Merkin Mufflin and the crazed, former Nazi Dr. Strangelove.
Kubrick was given the story but thought it so ridiculous that the only way to tackle it was through black comedy. George C. Scott's gum-chewing, blustering, patriotic, gung-ho general is hysterical, as is Major 'Nuclear combat toe-to-toe with the Rooskies' Kong aboard the bomber. Dr. Strangelove with his malfunctioning, robotic hand is another highlight. Many lines will have you rolling over with laughter; 'I can no longer sit and back and allow, communist infiltration, communist indoctrination, communist subversion, and the international communist conspiracy, to sap and impurify...ALL OF OUR PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS' and the unforgettable 'Gentlemen you can't fight in here, this is the War room'.
The film manages to get its point across far better than any serious film, as one is left laughing at the sheer stupidity of the paranoia of the main characters and the mindless futility of nuclear war. Dr. Stranglove, is one of the finest and funniest films ever made.