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Initially it was a intended to be a drama, but as Kubrick started to work on the screenplay he began to see the absurdity and humor in many of the scenes and decided to write instead a "nightmare comedy." To quote Kubrick: After all, what could be more absurd than the very idea of two mega-powers willing to wipe out all human life because of an ...


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They're both humorous greetings, in this context anyway. A Dear John letter is a term which originated from girlfriends of soldiers breaking up with them via letter starting with 'Dear John', presumably as it's just a common name. Unlike a letter though, a Nuclear Dear John is absolutely clear in just how much the sender considers this relationship over. '...


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There are a few interpretations floating around, I like the metaphor of using the Cold War as a backdrop of sexual tension as has been described in various theses found around the web. In the original book, the "Hi there" bomb is named Lolita, which is a definite reference to an illicit, underage affair. The change to "Hi there" can be take either way, as ...


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At first, Kubrick intended to make a serious film, but soon decided to scrap the idea, because - rather ironically - he thought that people would laugh. Q: Strangelove was based on a serious book, Red Alert. At what point did you decide to make it a comedy? A: I started work on the screenplay with every intention of making the film a serious ...



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