Dir. Stanley Kubrick. 1964. 95 mins. DCP. With Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn. The war-movie–suspense thriller is reinvented as absurdist black comedy in Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant evocation of cold war nuclear paranoia. Kubrick and writer Terry Southern struck just the right manic, irreverent, sexually charged tone, creating a comic masterpiece that was also one of the seminal counterculture works of the 1960s. The standout in the perfect ensemble cast is George C. Scott as General Buck Turgidson.
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