Dr. Strangelove  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (commonly shortened to Dr. Strangelove) is a 1964 black comedy film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Loosely based upon the Cold War thriller novel Red Alert (also known as Two Hours to Doom) by Peter George, the source material was refashioned by screenwriter Terry Southern. Dr. Strangelove satirizes the Cold War and the doctrine of mutual assured destruction.

The story concerns a U.S. Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse.

In 1989 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Additionally, it was listed as #26 on the AFI's "100 Years, 100 Movies" and #3 on its "100 Years, 100 Laughs." Dr. Strangelove is also #20 on the IMDB list of the Top 250 Films.

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