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Only Stanley Kubrick could produce a pitch-black comedy of zero sum manners that’s set on the verge of a nuclear apocalypse. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learnt To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb, is still a classic of epic proportions and one which, in an age of terrorism, invasion and increasing paranoia, is increasingly relevant to today’s society.

Peter Sellers puts in three stunning performances within the film, both as Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley (still one of the best names ever committed to film) and a former Nazi, the titular Dr. Strangelove. Though he plays Mandrake and Muffley brilliantly, it’s his role as the slightly psychotic scientific advisor to the president that will forever be imprinted into the minds of the viewer. Though only present in a couple of scenes, Strangelove has become as symbolic to the paranoia of the Cold War as the film’s very own climactic sequence. A tour de force of intelligent satirical filmmaking, Dr. Strangelove still stands as one of Kubrick’s best, even amongst his impressive canon of work.

Dr Strangelove, or How I Learnt To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb comes to Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle on Tuesday 24th February.

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