Saturday, February 7, 2009


Last night I watched from beginning to end, Stanley Kubrick's singular, brilliant, stand-alone one-of-a-kind dark comedy, "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

Below you can watch Peter Sellers in two of the three roles he played in this masterwork, American President Merkin Muffley and Dr. Strangelove. As the President, he has on one side of him the great Canadian actor, Jack Creley, and on the other George C. Scott.

The closing line of the scene, and the movie, is hysterically bleakly funny and no matter how many times you see it, it surprises.

To see Sellers' third role as Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, you will have to rent the movie.

Then you will have the astonishing delight of watching Sterling Hayden as the completely insane Brigadier general Jack D. Ripper, obsessed with "the Ruskies taking control of our precious bodily fluids," or Keenan Wynn warning Sellers that if he is wrong he "will have to answer to the Coca-Cola Company!"

If you watch closely, you can also see the great James Earl Jones, he with the stentorian CNN voice, in a role almost without words.

This is a movie with lines like, "Gentleman, please! You cannot fight in the War Room!"

What a mad merry prankster Kubrick was.

What a great movie this is.

1 comment:

A. G. Tsakumis said...

One of my favourite movies...