Did I just press the wrong button?
Fear of nuclear war dominated the culture from the ‘50s through the end of the Cold War, and atomic apocalypse was a favorite theme of scores of movies and TV projects. Stanley Kubrick’s satiric Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) offered perhaps the worst scenario of all: a nuclear war set off by mistake. A couple of wrong signals, a burnt-out radio or two, a handful of overzealous patriots -- and presto! The movie (and the world) ends in a fusillade of thermonuclear explosions. You’ve got to either laugh or cry -- and Kubrick makes the whole thing hilarious.