Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 comedic masterpiece Dr. Strangelove gave Cold War audiences a rare chance to laugh at the crisis situation most dreaded on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The film was based on the serious novel Red Alert, but as Kubrick worked on the script about world leaders attempting to avert worldwide disaster, the film’s famous black humor began to emerge. Following the screening in the National Portrait Gallery’s beautiful new Nan E. McEvoy auditorium, Dr. Larry Suid, author of Guts and Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film, will discuss the film. Could these events have happened during the Cold War? How accurately are the military defense strategies and capabilities portrayed?
Co-sponsored by the International Spy Museum (www.spymuseum.org) and the National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.si.edu) in conjunction with their exhibition The Presidency and The Cold War and the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project (www.cwihp.org).
Tickets: $15; CWIHP subscribers, National Portrait Gallery and Members of The Spy Ring: $12 • Space is limited - advance registration required!
For more information contact the International Spy Museum
202.393.7798* 1.866.SPY.MUSEUM* www.spymuseum.org
Official Website: http://www.spymuseum.org
Added by rfordevans on June 22, 2006