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The full title was Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It could also be, How I Learned How to Laugh at the Cold War, because the Stanley Kubrick classic certainly got us to do that.
If you are too young to know a world without computers and with black and white TV’s, then you probably have no recollection of what it was like to live with a persistent fear of being nuked. But that was the world in 1964 when Kubrick, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Slim Pickens and others united to deliver this hilarious satire about nuclear annihilation.
The plot centers on Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) who goes mad and launches an attack on the Soviet Union which would set off a “Doomsday Machine” that would destroy the world and the clumsy efforts of Western officials to avert catastrophy.
You can travel back to that cold war era Wednesday when Dr. Strangelove is the feature in the Kentucky Theatre’s Summer Classics series at 1:30 and 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $4.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich