Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


Tuesday Mar 27 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Stanley Kubrick. USA. 1964. 95 min.

Button pushers, trigger-happy world leaders, bombs...Stanley Kubrick’s classic satire has it all. The film’s concept of mutually assured destruction is as relevant today as ever. Fanatical U.S. Air Force General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) launches a nuclear attack on Russia during the Cold War, but the president (Peter Sellers—who plays three characters!) and his advisors (including George C. Scott as Gen. Buck Turgidson) are shocked to learn that the Russians have technology to destroy the world in the event they are attacked. According to the New York Times, “Director Stanley Kubrick’s nuclear satire started off as a serious film about a rogue nuke launch, until Kubrick realized that the way the superpowers talked about nuclear catastrophe was so ridiculous that the film had to be a comedy.” Who knows what Kubrick might be producing if he were alive today.

Special guests: As part of our Science on Screen® program, join us for two introductions.

Michael D. Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, will discuss the physics behind nuclear warfare and what the general public should know about nuclear technology today. 

Jairus Grove, Director of the Hawai'i Research Center for Future Studies and an Assistant Professor in Political Science and International Relations for the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, will introduce the film via video chat. 

Michael D. Jones joined the research faculty in the UH High Energy Physics Group in 1976. He was a post-doctoral research associate at Rutgers University, received his Ph.D in Physics at University of Chicago and his B.A. in Physics from Northwestern University. 

Jarius Grove's work has centered on the ecology and future of global warfare. He is interested in the ways war continues to expand, bringing an ever greater collection of participants and technologies into the gravitational pull of violent conflict. He is also interested in various approaches to global relations such as systems theory, cybernetics, and complexity theory, as well as the role new media play in altering the interface with global relations. He grew up in Texas and went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin’s History Program. He received his Ph.D at Johns Hopkins University in International Relations. 

The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to participate in Science on Screen®, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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