Magazine article Monthly Review

Fifty Years Ago

Magazine article Monthly Review

Fifty Years Ago

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MONTHLY REVIEW

[Stanley] Kubrick has not made a film [in Dr. Strangelove] about the menace of the bomb at all, but about the menace of the lovers of the bomb. (The film's subtide... is How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.) The bomb is not a menace to those who love it; to them it is salvation. Kubrick dramatizes the destructive power not of the bomb, but of the lovers gone excessively amorous-

Kubrick's point of departure-and this is fundamental to the film's power-is that in a matter of such seriousness nothing is sacrosanct. He is interested in X-raying the degree of philosophical and moral debasement that is potential in the "bomb über alles" posture. Ele indicates that there is no democracy and that there may be no world if power over all the world is held under a thumb, any thumb, anywhere, at any time-a thumb that is able to give us all the kiss of incineration without our consent, and worse, without even our knowledge. …

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