dear peter sellers:
i love you madly. no matter that you were purportedly off your rocker.
above: with his ferrari 275 gtb, circa 1965. photo by graham stark/getty.
dr. strangelove; or, how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb, 1964. this might be my all-time favorite movie. it’s definitely in the top three. kubrick explains:
“i started the work on the screenplay with every intention of making the film a serious treatment of the problem of accidental nuclear war. as i kept trying to imagine the way in which things would really happen, ideas kept coming to me which i would discard because they were so ludicrous. i kept saying to myself, ‘i can’t do this. people will laugh.’ but, after a month or so, i began to realize that all the things i was throwing out were the things which were most truthful. after all, what could be more absurd than the very idea of two mega-powers willing to wipe out all human life because of an accident, spiced up by political differences that will seem meaningless to people a hundred years from now as the theological differences of the middle ages appear to us today?”