Make Strangelove, Not War
by Christopher Arnott, New Haven Advocate
May 8, 2003

In the media-savvy spirit of the Lysistrata Project, during which over a thousand readings of an ancient Greek anti-war comedy by Aristophanes were presented worldwide, Wednesday, May 14 will be the day of "Operation Strangelove." Invite friends over for a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 war farce starring Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers and George C. Scott. Strangelove is easily available on DVD or VHS at most video stores, many public libraries, or through Amazon.com and other retailers.

For a list of public screenings, "Operation Strangelove" T-shirts and other stuff, seek out www.operationstrangelove.org.

Appropriate hors d'oeuvres for a Strangelove party:

Pie (an alternate ending for the film featured a War Room pie fight), Jamaican cigars, grain alcohol, pep pills and, if you're into sick humor, some bat guano and, of course, some precious bodily fluids.

The final image of the film is well-known--Slim Pickens as Captain "King" Kong, riding a deployed bomb as if it were a bucking bronco. Here is the epilogue to the rare paperback novel adaptation of Kubrick, Terry Southern and Peter George's screenplay, which was in turn based on George's original novel, Red Alert [...]

Over 20 years ago, Gene Sculatti's The Catalogue of Cool declared Strangelove one of the "Fifty Coolest Movies Ever Made," noting that the more real the madness gets these days, the hipper Southern's script and Kubrick's shots become."

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