With all the good posts on Bergman and Antonioni out there, I feel
humbled to bring this up, but it doesn't get any more current than
this. It seems GOP hopeful Mitt Romney has seen a movie or two, but I
thought the Doctrine and Covenants strictly forbade the viewing of
Kubrick, no coffee, tea or Kubrick... I could be mistaken. Praps
it's only the missionaries that are held to that.
Anyways see the 7th seal... er... I mean 7th paragaraph:
Once again we see a Republican not fully appreciating the conflicted
nature of Strangelove. Sure "animals could be bred and
SLAUGHTERED!!!", but the same Strangelove said this: "Under the
authority granted me as director of weapons research and development,
I commissioned last year a study of this project by the Bland
corporation. Based on the findings of the report, my conclusion was
that this idea was not a practical deterrent, for reasons which, at
this moment, must be all too obvious." Sounds rather responsible and
sane to me; if only this blasted arm would behave!
Praps Romney would have served his purposes less by more correctly
calling Obama General Jack D. Ripper or General Buck Turgidson, but
who would have got that? Strangelove is synonymous in the popular
media and general Amercian public with mad doomsday scientist hellbent
on obliterating mankind to suit some mammoth superiority complex.
Stupid Ann Coulter made the same mistake. Indeed it's Strangelove who
quickly thinks up a way of preserving mankind on earth after Doomsday:
" I would not rule out the chance to preserve a nucleus of human
specimens. (etcetera)" Unlike Ripper, Strangelove appears to want to
survive in this life and not have to answer for it afterwards anytime
soon, a kinder, more peaceful evil genius...
"It requires only the will to do so."