Precious Bodily fluids

As a filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick was somewhat of a perfectionist who went to obsessive lengths tofulfill his artistic vision.Known for doing numerous takes of the same scene, Kubrick was committed to perfecting the image in each frame and successfully conveying its meaning.With his 1964 masterpiece, "Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying, and Love the Bomb", Kubrick creates a satiric bombshell of nuclear war and social commentary.This film has an abundance of important scenes that convey the films overall theme through comedic dialogue and textured imagery, but one scene does a particularly exceptional job. A scene in which a ranting General Ripper unveils his bizarre motivation for the nuclear assault on Russia to the shocked Group Captain Mandrake, while fondling a smoking cigar in his mouth.
"I can no longer sit back and allow communist infiltration, communist indoctrination, communist subversion, and the international communist conspiracy to sap and poison all of our precious bodily fluids."The words of a nutty General Ripper, spoken maniacally by Sterling Hayden, give the viewer a better idea of what the film is all about.The dialogue is simply an exaggeration, and in many cases not an exaggeration, of the haunting thoughts plaguing the minds of Cold War America.Throughout the scene, Group Captain Mandrake, a British liaison played wonderfully by the flawless Peter Sellers, listens to Ripper's ranting and tries to calm the general with little success.The dialogue alone makes the film's satirical intentions clear and Kubrick's simple staging and suddel imagery only deepens the connotation.
Much of General Rippers insanity is shown through a close shot of his face from below.In the image we see only Ripper's twisted face clenching a cig


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