Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

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Cinema often mirrors reality. Films have a way of taking what is or what could be, and turning it into art. Some films delve into deep topics, and the issues of their times, even if they do so in a lighthearted manner. The film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a comedy that explores the natural conclusion of brinkmanship and the end result of the realist theory of international relations. The plot of the film is that a United States Air Force general orders B-52 bombers to deploy nuclear weapons inside of the Soviet Union. His hope is that this will cause an all-out surprise attack on the Soviet Union and allow the United States to win the Cold War. The film's plot only truly begins when the President learns of the plan, and must react within the international system. The President makes multiples attempts to recall the aircraft, as he has learned that the Soviet Union has developed a “doomsday machine”. This device would end all life on earth, and was intended as a deterrent for any sort of nuclear strike, much like the nuclear arsenals of the US and Soviet Union were in reality. The President attempts to work with the Soviets within the anarchy of the international system, fighting against the…show more content…
The ambassador is a spy, breaking the trust between the two nations, but he isn't punished, as there is no higher authority to settle the dispute. The main plot of the movie, the bombers heading toward the Soviet Union, is resolved through a series of communications between the President and the Premier. These communications are an attempt to solve a dispute between the two nations, and a problem that affects both of them, without the ability to appeal to a higher authority. They attempt to work together, but ultimately fail when they are forced to rely on each

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