One of the most amazing movies I have ever seen would have to be Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb). It serves as a brilliant satire of cold war politics. It also an extremely funny movie.
However, the movie doesn't just exist for shits and giggles. While its treatment of the insanity of cold war politics may be comical, the movie, being the political satire it is, also has several very somber, important messages.
One of the last images you see is of the wheelchair bound Dr. Strangelove getting to his feet and saying "Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!"
Dr. Strangelove represents fascism. The message is pretty clear: "watch out or fascism will rise again".
Either the people who wrote the screenplay were very intelligent, were blessed with the gift of prescience or they correctly guessed that human beings are the most idiotic creatures on this planet.
Not 38 years later and what the movie warned of has come true.
There is a new fascism and it seems that a fourth reich is upon us.
Texas Über Alles, indeed.
Written on Friday, 27 September 2002