Stanley Kubrick, Part 6 – “Dr. Strangelove”

Published On May 14, 2013 | By Mike Carroll | Uncategorized

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.

“Red Alert” — the original dramatic novel that Kubrick was working from — on a page from the note book that he scribbled ideas in.

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.

One of the original props from “Dr. Strangelove” — Attack Plan R, which the crew of the B-52 bomber “The Leper Colony” took out of the safe when they were given the “go code.”

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:

Oscar-winning production designer Ken Adam’s design for General Jack D. Ripper’s office.

Ken Adam’s concept of The War Room.

A model of The War Room is in the Exhibit. Whether this was used in the planning of the film or not, I don’t know.

Storyboards for the finale of “Dr. Strangelove.”

In the next installment, Stanley Kubrick changes the face of science fiction forever . . . . . . .


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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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