What’s funner? Genocide or the Black Death? How about global thermo nuclear armageddon? Stanley Kuckrick thought so, in the process making one of the most hilarious and well regarded films of all time. In an apocalyptic comedy of errors, Air Force Colonel Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) orders bomber airplanes from his base to attack the Soviet Union when he “discovers” the Communist plot to pollute the “precious bodily fluids” of America. Realizing the colonel’s off his rocker, high level officials gather at the Pentagon to try to stop an accidental World War III from destroying all life on Earth; the excitable jingoistic General Turgidson (George C. Scott), indecisively timid US President Muffley and Dr. Strangelove (the latter both played by Peter Sellers), a German scientific advisor who can barely contain his Nazi beliefs. Can a group of paranoid, incompetent, ill-informed men save humanity from the brink of annihilation? Well, the question does come across as rhetorical… The screening is all part of the Somerville Theatre’s centennial celebration, in which classic cinema from the past century is being shown in wondrous 35MM. Come laugh your ass off at the blackest of comedies. The quintessential road trip movie Easy Rider will be screened immediately after.
2PM, 6PM // Somerville Theatre // $6 for 2PM screening, $9 General Admission/$6 Seniors for 6PM screening