il Dott. Stranamore

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is a satire of  the  scare (paura) directed, produced,  nd co-written by Stanley Kubrick starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott. The film is freely (liberamente) based on Peter George’s Cold War thriller novel Red Alert (also known as Two Hours to Doom). The story deals with (tratta del) General Ripper, a paranoid Air Force base commander who orders a squadron of B-52 bombers into the Soviet Union to throw  hydrogen bombs on military objective (gettare bombe atomiche su obiettivi military).  The U.S. President  is a pacifist and calls the Russian ambassador to call and  warn (avvisare) the Russian Premier of the attack and explain that it was unintentional. The Premiere reveals the existence of their doomsday device (congegno del giudizio universale)- a large supply (quantità) of atomic bombs ready to destroy the world in the event of a nuclear strike (attacco). At the Air Force base, an Army unit infiltrates with heavy fighting (pesante comabattimento) to get the recall code (avere il codice di richiamo)  from Gen. Ripper, but he kills himself to avoid (evitare) torture. Fortunately, an officer  succeed in (riesce a) extrapolating the code  from Ripper’s drawing (scarabocchi) on a notebook. The bombers respond to the code and return to base, except one because its radio receiver has been damaged. Back at the war room, Dr. Strangelove, a disfigured ex-Nazi scientist,  explains a plan to save a few thousand Americans: he suggests to hide  them in a deep mine pipe (profonda miniera) for 100 years until the radiation returns to a safe level (finché le radiazioni tornano ad una livello di sicurezza). At the end the bomber drops (fa cadere) its bombs and the doomsday device is activated, destroying the world. The topic of the film was quite risky: nobody had ever dealt with the theme of atomic bomb in a comic black comedy and if Kubrick had any intention of portraying an anti-war message, this was perhaps the best form to get it across (per riuscirci). The act of war is compared with a sexual act and the war becomes a struggle (lotta) between the two sexes. Kubricks is also warning us against the danger of technology: the radio is damaged and it will cause the final destructions and the fatal decisions are  almost all taken on  phone calls to show the difficulty of communication. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress included it in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film registry