The most terrifying comedy ever made – Robert Gagnon

Our friends at Turner Classic Movies, Fathom Events and Sony Pictures are at it again by bringing classic films back to the big screen where they belong. This time it’s Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 masterpiece “Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

Sunday, Sept. 18 and Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., “Dr. Strangelove” will be re-released at Warwick Showcase Cinemas and Providence Place Cinemas.

“Dr. Strangelove” is the story of an insane general who attempts to trigger a path to nuclear holocaust while a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop him (“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!”).

Besides the funny one-liners, there are several wonderful performances by the great character actor George C. Scott and the always versatile improviser Peter Sellers, who took on three separate roles, including the titular doctor himself.

When “Dr. Strangelove” was released back in 1964, it received very mixed and bewildered reviews. However, it did manage to earn four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. This cinematic triumph also contains one of the most iconic and enduring images in film history, that of Major Kong (Slim Pickens) straddling a nuclear warhead like a cowboy riding a horse. The end sequence is quick to follow, that including the classic Vera Lynn tune ‘We’ll Meet Again” punctuating several shots of nuclear explosions.

Over fifty years later, “Dr. Strangelove” is still a beloved classic that has surely stood the test of time. Today, it is widely considered to be one of the finest comedies ever made.