1987. USA. Frederick Wiseman. 115 min.
Thursday, May 20, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1987. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. Three years after President Reagan’s attempt at Cold War gallows humor—“I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes…”—Wiseman takes a rather more constructive and illuminating look at the young officers at California’s Vandenburg Air Force Base who are trained to oversee the launch control centers for Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles. Scrutinizing the safety procedures that Strategic Air Command has implemented to prevent a catastrophe of Dr. Strangelove-like proportions, the film offers a profoundly humane consideration of the moral and strategic implications of nuclear warfare. 115 min.