Check Out Stanley Kubrick’s Brainstorming Titles for ‘Dr. Strangelove’

My first viewing of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut took place on my mother’s bed when I was nine years old. She had dozed off somewhere in the beginning but I stayed engrossed—both frightened and pleased—completely in awe of what I was watching. It would be a few more years before I saw A Clockwork Orange, to be followed by the rest of his magnificent oeuvre, but it was always that first film that struck me the most and had a profound effect on my own artisitc and aesthetic sensibilities. However, Kubrick’s black comedy Dr. Strange Love or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb has remained one of his most acclaimed and beloved films since its 1964 release. And with a title that wonderful its hard to imagine it wasn’t the only working name for the project—but in true Kubrick fashion, he probably had boxes full of titles for each of his films. And now thanks to Endpaper, we get a closer glimpse into the director’s mind with his brainstorming process revealed by a journal entry from the early 60s in which he has sketched out the alternate titles for the film.

Here’s a list of the titles:

  • Doctor Doomsday
  • Don’t Knock the Bomb
  • Dr. Doomsday and his Nuclear Wiseman
  • Dr. Doomsday Meets Ingrid Strangelove
  • Dr. Doomsday or: How to Start World War III Without Even Trying
  • Dr. Strangelove’s Bomb
  • Dr. Strangelove’s Secret Uses of Uranus
  • My Bomb, Your Bomb
  • Save The Bomb
  • Strangelove: Nuclear Wiseman
  • The Bomb and Dr. Strangelove or: How to be Afraid 24hrs a Day
  • The Bomb of Bombs
  • The Doomsday Machine
  • The Passion of Dr. Strangelove
  • Wonderful Bomb

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