Dr. Strangelove Proof that History Repeats Itself

Miguel Moreno, Editor

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You have probably heard the quote, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” It is a saying that gets popular every time the world has to face a major conflict or event. From the early Crusades which felt like repeating battles for a fake cause. We are currently repeating our pas and there’s no better way to realize that than to look at 53 years ago with Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

To understand the unnerving parallel similarities you must have an understanding the plot of Dr. Strangelove. The story starts as a crew boarding in a B-29 plane get orders from their air force base that they must unload all their nuclear bombs onto Russian bases. As the order the crew received was irreversible, they go on to complete their mission. The problem with this is that the US never allowed this order to be made, it was all the works of a general.

Through the story we see three different conflicts happening at the same time, the president and all the generals discussing what they should do, the general and his captain who tries to convince him of giving him the cancellation code, and the crew in the B-29 heading towards the most dangerous mission of their life.

Now, why is this movie relevant today? You have to look at the day this movie was released: August 5th, 1965, at the peak of the cold war. An era in which people anxiously waited for the end of the world and the destruction of all mankind thanks to the opposing governments and their newly found arsenal of nuclear bombs.

American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was amazed and mesmerized by what was happening and so he decided to do research with the little to no information that was available to the public, from protocols to tests that were done. As everyone worried in silence Kubrick gave it a satirical twist, to the massive conflict of the iron man. A conflict that still goes on today.

On January 13 and 14 of 2018, we had two different missile threats in really close times. One in Hawaii and one in Japan, to places where there could be a probable missile attack. This only brought more fear onto the already scary situation between North Korea and the western world.

With North Korea making more nuclear tests in the past making the world feel again that any day now the world could end. Aside from the actual scary situation in which we are all facing, there is an interesting factor to analyze: the use of film at this moment.

Seeing how Kubrick analyzed the idiocy of this situation and how it all came down to a fight of who had the bigger stick. It was an ego thing. We can see how film captured a more than just a moment in of history, but the ambiance as well.

If there is one thing we can learn out of this, it is to analyze history and make sure we do not repeat our mistakes. There is still the possible outcome and that is the ending of Dr. Strangelove.

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