DR. STRANGELOVE, OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (Stanley Kubrick)
Stanley Kubrick and his partner-in-crime Terry Southern look at global anxiety in the nuclear age and find it….well, hilarious. Peter Sellers is all over the place, and Sterling Hayden shows again how scary good he is. George C. Scott is in the middle of showing us how he could do anything. A cynical, prophetic, incisive comic masterpiece.
RED DESERT (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Antonioni looks at anxiety in the post-industrial age and doesn’t find it funny at all. In his first color film, he craftily illustrates the strange beauty of industrial waste, all the better to illustrate our even stranger, inadequate relation to it and everything else in the world around us. Again his chosen heroine (so well embodied by Monica Vitti), wanders through it all, troubled and trapped. She is clearly not well. Even if you are not particularly sympathetic to her plight, it’s hard to ignore being in the presence of a director actively, incisively searching.
THE PINK PANTHER (Blake Edwards)