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Star Wars Connections to Dr. Strangelove

Discussion in 'Film' started by Logray Ewok Medicine Man, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Logray Ewok Medicine Man

    Logray Ewok Medicine Man Rebel Commander

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    I was just rewatching another one of my favorite films, and was struck by all the connections to the Star Wars franchise. Are there other fans here of Stanley Kubric's "Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb?"

    Some of the obvious connections are key people who played critical roles in "Dr. Strangelove" and in the original Star Wars trilogy:

    • Cinematographer Gil Taylor served as DP for "A New Hope" and "Dr. Strangelove"
    • James Earl Jones made his feature film debut in "Dr. Strangelove," and obviously appeared in all three of the OT movies
    • Stuart Freeborn, creator of the Yoda puppet, also worked on "Dr. Strangelove."

    Stanley Kubric and George Lucas are both very talented but very different filmmakers, and their works are very different. "Dr. Strangelove" is a satirical comedy that intentionally tries to distance the audience from its serious subject matter by deliberately injecting absurdity. Star Wars depicts a very implausible universe but takes itself seriously enough to convince audiences to do the same.

    Something that struck me on my most recent viewing of "Dr. Strangelove" was how a particular theme of the movie fits with one of the themes Abrams is exploring with the Sequel Trilogy. The third act of "Dr. Strangelove" suggests that (spoiler alert to those of you who have not yet seen this 55-year-old movie) twenty years after the fall of Nazi Germany, the U.S. and Soviet Union are in effect fulfilling the genocidal goals of the Nazis through nuclear proliferation. The title character in the film was basically biding time for twenty years after what was perceived to be a defeat to realize his ultimate fantasy.

    When J.J. Abrams talks about the First Order, he uses the analogy of defeated Nazis who have been biding their time for decades before realizing their goals.

    Another thought I had related Gilbert Taylor's cinematography. George Lucas has stated that Gilbert Taylor wasn't necessarily his first choice for Star Wars, and that he wanted someone who could shoot "documentary style." "Dr. Strangelove" shows Taylor's ability to shoot "documentary style" extremely well! He uses documentary-style handheld camerawork to shoot the combat footage of the assault on Burpleson Air Force base.

    Have other people thought about the connections between "Dr. Strangelove" and "Star Wars"? Are there any other ones I'm missing?
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  2. Martoto

    Martoto Rebel Official

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    Shepperton Studios was used for the medal ceremony at the end of the A New Hope.

    Most of Dr Strangelove were shot there, including the exteriors of the assault on the air base.
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  3. SKB

    SKB Force Sensitive

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    Admiral Motti: "Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebel's hidden fort…

    * Darth Vader force-chokes Admiral Motti *

    Darth Vader: "I find your lack of faith disturbing...."
    Grand Moff Tarkin: "Vader! Release him! There is to be no war in the war room!"
    Darth Vader: "As you wish..."
    Admiral Motti: *wheezes*
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  4. Phil J

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    Interesting visual comparison.
    --- Double Post Merged, Mar 4, 2020, Original Post Date: Mar 4, 2020 ---
    Equally, the same analogy could be applicable to a resurgent Rome after its sacking in 387 BC by the Gauls. I mean besides the obvious 20th Century references, there is a ton of Classical references with Palpatine's rise to prominence being similar to that of Octavian/Augustus.

    On the topic of Rome, check out this channel. This guy is based AF.

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