Bombs Away! Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove' Celebrates 50th Anniversary
by Alex Billington
January 29, 2014
"Why does Dr. Strangelove want 10 females to each male?" It's time to celebrate a classic. On January 29th, 1964, Stanley Kubrick's war-time comedy Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb finally hit theaters, after being delayed from November 1963. That officially makes the films 50 years old today, marking its anniversary of release. The film has since gone down in history as one of the best, and most controversial, comedies ever made. The film has since been restored and released on Blu-ray and has been touring around, but if you haven't ever seen it, today is the perfect day to enjoy this.
To honor of its 50th anniversary today, I thought of tossing up the old trailer from the release, as well as one of my favorite posters from the film. It was my dad who first showed my Dr. Strangelove when I was kid. Nothing has been the same since. If you're looking for more reading, Eric Schlosser wrote a piece for the New Yorker profiling "The Truths Behind Dr. Strangelove" and it's a must read. Here's the original trailer:
Or there's also this glorious Dr. Strangelove poster designed by Spoke Art for the Castro Theatre, which pretty much is one of the best posters ever. Though Dr. Strangelove does have a number of unique posters.
To top off all the anniversary coverage, here's another behind-the-scenes documentary titled "Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove" found via The Film Stage profiling the production of Kubrick's 1964 film.
Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb first hit theaters 50 years ago today, in January of 1964, starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull and James Earl Jones. The film is loosely based on Peter George's Cold War thriller novel Red Alert (also known as Two Hours to Doom). The film has a 4K digital restoration touring around, and can be found on Blu-ray, too. The National Film Registry has included Dr. Strangelove in their archive and it's #3 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs best comedies list. Ebert's review: "Dr. Strangelove and 2001: A Space Odyssey are Kubrick's masterpieces. The two films share a common theme: Man designs machinery that functions with perfect logic to bring about a disastrous outcome."