Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Dr. Strangelove

Peter Sellers stars in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964)! Learn the answers to questions like: How are sex and war juxtaposed? Are doomsday devices real? And was it a good idea for Peter Sellers to play 3 different roles? Listen now to find out!

When a military commander goes rogue in an attempt to start a nuclear war, a motley band of leaders must try to stop him! In this podcast episode, Scott Croco and Jay Holavarri unhack Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

Episode Log:

  • Scott and Jay’s history with Dr. Strangelove (0:00)
  • Jay has a bias towards B&W movies (3:25)
  • NYTimes originally panned the movie, then re-reviewed it later (4:45)
  • A 5-star review of Movies Unhacked (5:35)
  • Cast & crew trivia (6:15)
  • Dr. Strangelove vs Failsafe (9:45)
  • January 1964 trivia (11:30)
  • Summary of Dr. Strangelove‘s story/plot (14:20)
  • Nuclear drills vs active shooter drills (17:55)
  • Sexuality and war juxtaposition (19:05)
  • Russian ambassador has some great lines (24:20)
  • George C. Scott as Gen. Turgidson (27:30)
  • Peter Sellers’s 3 characters – Pres. Muffly (29:20)
  • Peter Sellers’s 3 characters – Mandrake (33:50)
  • Peter Sellers’s 3 characters – Strangelove (37:45)
  • Character of Major Kong, and the airplane crew (40:50)
  • Thoughts on the ending (44:30)
  • Cold War strategy & deterrence (45:50)
  • Soviet Union did build a doomsday device in the 80s (47:20)
  • Old school office machines, and SO MUCH PAPER (55:15)
  • Payphones and code breaking – then vs now (58:10)
  • Living in mineshafts after nuclear war? (59:35)
  • Could there be a nuclear winter as a result of war? (1:00:55)
  • How often has the Oscar winner also been the top grossing film? (1:04:40)
  • Critics’ reactions and awards (1:10:10)

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Episode 020 – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) unhacked!
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Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine (Wired Magazine)
Science vs Nuclear War (podcast)
Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove (youtube)
Dr. Strangelove (BFI Film Classics)

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