Strangelove Columbia Pictures agreed to finance the film if Peter Sellers played at least four major roles. Sellers had also played three roles in The Mouse That Roared Kubrick accepted the demand, later explaining that "such crass and grotesque stipulations are the sine qua non of the motion-picture business". He had been expected to play Air Force Major T. Sellers drew inspiration for the role from Adlai Stevenson , [12] a former Illinois governor who was the Democratic candidate for the and presidential elections and the U.

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Production still photographer: Bob Penn. However, the more he thought about the story, and the more he developed the plot and characters, the more he realized it takes a lot of energy or misguided patriotism not to see the absurdity in the ominous situation that the world—meaning, the United States and the Soviet Union—has become nestled into. Therefore, Dr. Having parted ways with his producing partner James B.

Harris, which resulted in the British studio Seven Arts Production backing off from supporting the film, Kubrick needed to find another backer. Strangelove, Sellers refused to play Major T. George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden filled the two other important roles in the roster, with especially Scott making the most of his gun-crazed chief of staff. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a masterfully sharp, accutely sobering comedy that unreservedly pins the blame for the nuclear race madness and Cold War paranoia squarely on the nature of human beings, misguided individuals fiddling with the power to eradicate all life on Earth as if they were playing a game.

A monumentally important screenplay. NOTE: For educational and research purposes only. Absolutely our highest recommendation. Strangelove—how much of the structure, incident, and character of the book has survived in the film. The similarities—and, naturally, the differences—offer a telling look at why Strangelove refuses to age, why its ability to provoke simultaneous laughter and terror remains undiminished, 45 years after its initial release.

I was amazed that he handled it as well as he did. Letter from Okin [his agent] follows. Please forgive. Peter S. Now he immediately summoned his personal secretary and assistant to bring him a pack pronto.

Both appeared in the U. Strangelove in his own words. Courtesy of Creative Screenwriting Magazine. Tell us about working with Stanley Kubrick on Dr.

Working with Stanley was terrific. It was ideal, although the circumstances may seem peculiar—in the back seat of a big car. The film was being shot at Shepperton, outside London, in the winter. So he would pick me up at in the morning and we would make this hour-long trip to the studio.

It was a big Bentley or a Rolls, so the passenger part was something like a railway compartment, with fold-out writing desks and good lighting. It would be pitch black outside and really cold, and we would be in this cozy-rosey compartment, in a creative groove, working on the scene to be shot that day. Writing it? Or rewriting it? One side of his brain is very scientific, the other very poetic. Well that would be the fabulous so-called pie fight episode. Recall that? I do indeed.

Well, in the missing sequence, after taking one step he falls flat on his face and starts trying to get back in his wheelchair, but each time it scoots out of his grasp. So Scott exposes about eighteen micro-mini spy cameras on the Ambassador—in his wrist watch, cuff links, tie pin, on his ring finger, everywhere.

So the Ambassador reaches out of the frame, grabs something from the table and throws it at Scott. The mere indignity of this is so monstrous that the President faints dead away. I say Massive Retaliation! And it misses and hits one of the other Joint Chiefs. So this immense pie-fight begins—between Army, Navy, Air Force—a bit of inter-service rivalry, if you grasp the innuendo. Now while this pie-fight is going on, Strangelove is still trying to get back into this wheelchair, moving like a snake across the floor of the War Room, the chair continuing to scoot out of his grasp each time he reaches for it.

But it scoots away again. Then his hand—his uncontrollable right hand—reaches inside his coat and comes out with a Luger pistol and points it at his head. He grabs his wrist with his other hand and grapples for the pistol, which goes off with a tremendous roar. Then cut to the long shot of all these generals in a freeze frame. We have work to do. He starts pushing him back across the floor, which by now is so deep in custard pies it resembles a beach—and sure enough we quickly pass the President and the Russian ambassador sitting there cross-legged like two children, doing sand castles, making mountains.

Apparently their minds have snapped under the strain. And that was what was cut? Not without good reason. And it was such a funny situation, that people outside the periphery, including Stanley and myself, were tossing pies into the melee, you see. And so it lost its edge.

Courtesy of Written By Magazine. Lucky for us it has been rescued. In , as Kubrick began production on Dr. Strangelove this fall. Strangelove by Terry Southern Embedded below is a rare 35mm promo reel for Dr. The trailer features uncut material with multiple angles of the main characters. Shortly before the screening, word arrived that President Kennedy had been assassinated that day.

The screening was canceled and, because the film treats a U. Strangelove eventually opened in the U. A special thanks to Will McCrabb. A documentary about the historical context of Dr. Featurette includes numerous clips from the film, never-before-seen production stills, and rare and never-before seen or heard material from the private collection of the star of Dr.

Strangelove, Peter Sellers. Wally Veevers special effects stands underneath the model B Scott and Stanley Kubrick playing chess on set. Stanley Kubrick wrote this response letter to a Dr.

Waiting, ready. Full of ideas. When you are inspired and professionally accomplished as Peter, the only limit to the importance of your work is your willingness to take chances. I believe Peter will take the most incredible chances with a characterization, and he is receptive to comic ideas most of his contemporaries would think unfunny and meaningless. This has, in my view, made his best work absolutely unique and important. He can go into surrealism and keep his other leg in reality.

Kubrick was disappointed that Sellers declined to play the fourth part, since, in his view, that would have meant that almost everywhere the viewer looks, there is some version of Peter Sellers holding the fate of the world in his hands. Scott mid-chess game behind the scenes of Dr. Strangelove in England. Scenes from both Lolita and Dr. Strangelove are included and quotes from Kubrick statements about Sellers are read by the narrator.

Very rare picture of Kubrick around the shooting of Dr. Cover article of Millimeter magazine, December Inside: Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb , a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of one of the classics of modern cinema. Watch the whole thing below. Intended for editorial use only.

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