When asked about the nuclear-mad antics of Dr. Strangelove, Pentagon whistleblower Dan Ellsberg said, “For those of us who worked in the Pentagon, the movie was a documentary.” As nuclear historian Eric Schlosser has written, “almost everything” in the movie was true. JFK was disturbed at the laxity of U.S. nuclear control regime, and sought to tighten command and control and dissolve the Cold War, especially in 1963.
After JFK’s assassination, a reference to Dallas in the film was removed as was a reference to the death of a president. (H/T Peter)
JFK at the movies
“The cinema of assassination inspired by JFK” (May 2, 2013)
“14 conspiracy movies inspired by Dallas“(Nov. 18, 2013)
“‘Parkland’ struggles to find an audience” (Oct. 8, 1963)
“Which David Mamet will direct his JFK film?” (May 18, 2013)
“The escapist impulse of ‘Letters to Jackie,” (June 20, 2013)
“The Bystander Theory’ offers an indie take on JFK” (Sept. 14, 2013)
1 thought on “53 years ago, ‘Dr. Stranglove’ premiere was postponed”
I knew that the reference to Dallas in Slim Pickens’s spiel to his B52 crew was replaced by one to Las Vegas. “Shoot, a fella could have a great weekend in Dallas (or Las Vegas) with all that stuff”, or the equivalent. But I didn’t know about the reference to the death of a president. Where was that in the movie?