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Strangelove prepares to deliver his master plan. With unerring logic he talks of preserving a ‘nucleus of carefully selected specimens’ of the human race at the bottom of America ’s deeper mineshafts for a hundred years, ‘After all, the conditions would be far superior to those of the so-called concentration camps, where there is ample evidence most of the wretched creatures clung desperately to life’:

Strangelove: It would not be difficult, Mein Fuhrer. Nuclear reactors could – I’m sorry, Mr President – nuclear reactors could provide power almost indefinitely; greenhouses could maintain plant life; animals could be bred and slaughtered

President: I would hate to have to decide who stays up and who goes down.

Strangelove: That would not be necessary, Mr President; it could easily be accomplished with a computer; and the computer could be set and programmed to accept factors from youth, health, sexual fertility, intelligence and a cross-section of necessary skills. Of course it would be absolutely vital that our top government and military men be included, to foster and impart the required principles of leadership and tradition

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    October 26, 2007

    I must admit that I’ve never really liked this character or the film. Too many people seem to use it to justify a very negative view of Americans. I’d rather see Failsafe, a film made at the same time, but dealing seriously with the possibility of nuclear war by accident. It really is terrifying, not at all funny, and shows Americans (and Russians) as real people caught up in a situation beyond their control.

    Kev Mears

    October 26, 2007

    I disagree.

    I don’t think it presents a particularly negative view of Americans. Dr Strangelove is german for one thing, and it’d be clunky to say the least to have the Soviet perspective in the film for balance.

    One of my favourite human exchanges in the film is at the end of the conversation the president has with his Soviet counterpart

    I’m sorry, too, Dmitri… I’m very sorry… All right, you’re sorrier than I am, but I am as sorry as well… I am as sorry as you are, Dmitri! Don’t say that you’re more sorry than I am, because I’m capable of being just as sorry as you are… So we’re both sorry, all right?… All right.

    I don’t see it as a critique of the people, but of the logic that they were proposing.

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