Stanley Kubrick, Part 6 – “Dr. Strangelove”
After Spartacus and Lolita, Stanley Kubrick had the clout to do anything he wanted. The Cold War was near to boiling in the early 1960s with the Berlin Wall going up, nuclear tests and missiles being developed with no end in site, with each passing moment the World looked like it was ticking closer to Midnight.
Kubrick started out to make a nuclear holocaust nightmare drama called Red Alert, based on a novel, but along the way it evolved into the blackest comedy of all time — Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Bomb.
There are very few props for Dr. Strangelove in the Stanley Kubrick Exhibit of the L.A. County Museum of Art. Mostly script pages (which I can’t get enough of), photographs and a model of the War Room. But the original documents are astounding!
As Dr. Strangelove became a comedy, Kubrick started doodling for a subtitle for the film. Here are his handwritten notes:
In the next installment, Stanley Kubrick changes the face of science fiction forever . . . . . . .