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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

(Rated PG)

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Presented by Museum of Contemporary Art

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Overview

A Kubrick classic! Comedy doesn't get much more satirical than Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – nor do film titles often get more long. Peter Sellers stars in multiple roles including the titular Dr Strangelove, a former Nazi and nuclear war expert whose gloved hand has a mind of its own. The plot-line is multi-faceted but the main gist is this: a cuckoo USA Air Force general orders a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union to the alarm of everyone around him – including the President, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and an RAF officer – who all take to the War Room to try and recall the bombs and prevent an apocalypse. Don’t fret… it’s all much funnier than it sounds.

Why You Should See This Film

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." Nominated for 4 Academy Awards and listed at No. 3 on the American Film Institute’s definitive “100 Years… 100 Laughs” list, Dr. Strangelove is a treasure trove for film trivia types. Peter Sellers played three characters at the demand of Columbia Pictures who felt that the popularity of Lolita, Kubrick's previous film with Sellers, hinged largely on his multiple performances in the film. The never-shy Kubrick later called this "crass and grotesque" but fortunately complied and got along famously well with Sellers. The film's set design was by Ken Adams, who had previously created the New Age look of several James Bond films, and the eternally quotable screenplay lives on in comedic infamy.

Presented by Museum of Contemporary Art

One of the most important women artists working today, Cornelia Parker OBE is known for her transformation of everyday objects into unexpected, haunting scenarios. Working with sculpture and installation, as well as drawing, photography and film, Parker positions her subjects at the very moment of their transformation, suspended in time and completely still.

Arriving in November 2019, Cornelia Parker is the first major survey exhibition of the eponymous British artist’s work in the Southern Hemisphere. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition will feature over 40 artworks from across the artist’s career, including large-scale installations, embroideries, works on paper, video works, and a selection of small-scale sculptures and objects.

Selected by Parker herself, this film screening with include a special introduction from MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent.

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  • Year: 1964
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden
  • Duration: 95 minutes
  • Language: English
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