Post your comments here about Stanley Kubrick’s classic interpretation of the Cold War nuclear standoff. You can watch the film for free (albeit, with some advertising mixed in) on Crackle here.
In your comments, write your general impressions of the film and what you think it says about life in the United States and the Cold War in 1964. Also, consider these questions: why do you think Kubrick chose (dark) comedy to explore the nuclear standoff? Is that more or less effective than a strictly serious exploration of nuclear war? Also, how would a historian research this film and what kinds of sources would you need to examine its cultural impact? Finally, how do we read this film today? Does it resonate at all with things going on in the world today? And what are we to make of Kubrick’s decision to put the main character in a wheelchair and ridicule him throughout the film as a madman? As historians, what kinds of questions does the film’s ableism raise about the time it was made and about the ways comedy uses the differently abled?