Books and Movies Reviews

Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove (How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb,? (Colombia Pictures 1964)
Cast: Peter Gellers, George C. Scott
This movie’s story takes place in the sixties in the present time in which it was made.The story begins when a United States Army General decides to bomb Russia.The attack is ordered without the authority of The United States of America’s Congress and President.Twenty million Russian lives are at stake of being hit with an atomic bomb.Through out the movie it is a race against time to stop the U.S. planes from bombing Russia.
In this movie woman are only portrayed as sex objects.Thefirst time I noticed this type of sexual depiction was when a United States pilot was reading a Playboy magazine while on duty in the aircraft.An extremely blatant sexual portrayal of a woman was when General Turgeison’s secretary and lover answered the phone in her under ware.This scene was rather long and drawn out.The filmmakers made sure that the audience had plenty of time to stare at her half dressed body.They also had the woman stand in front of a mirror to make sure the audience could see both her front and back side, therefore doubling the sexual presence.At the end of the movie Dr. Strangelove propositions The U.S. President and his cabinet about building a bomb shelter with ten women to each man.He says that they should be attractive women as well.Of course the men use the excuse that to ensure procreation this would be a necessary measure to take, but we all know that the men are really only interested in this idea for their own sexual pleasures.
Most of the men in this movie are portrayed as tough, rugged, military persons.The smoking of the cigar seems to play an important part in showing male dominance.The insane General Jack D. Ripper is shown almost all the time smoking his cigar, and many of the men in the war room are doing so as well.

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