Dr. Strangelove film review to end all others

Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)filmsite.org
In addition to numerous sexual images and jokes throughout the film (including large phallic cigars, mating airplanes, guns, Ripper’s impotent “loss of essence”, and the orgasmic atomic bomb that Kong rides between his legs), many of the absurd, omnipresent names of the male, military characters (caricatures) have sexual connotations or allegorical references that suggest the connection between war, sexual obsession and the male sex drive. […]

Most of the film’s recurring images have to do with symbolic analogies for body and sphincter (or body cavity) control — planes coupling, Coke machines spewing (or not), arms uncontrollably Nazi-saluting, bomb doors not opening, the powerless inability to recall the planes, and more. It has a vast combination of sexual, anal, erotic and infantile imagery, so to speak — withholding, giving, controlling, failing to control, etc.

Author: Terry Madeley

Works with student data and enjoys reading about art, data, education and technology.

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