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Political Nightmares Film Series: Fail Safe

  • Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)

Join New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot and movie critic Nell Minow for the Political Nightmares Film Series. Coming out the same year as “Dr. Strangelove,” a second, more serious movie about a nuclear strike was destined to be overshadowed.  “This is too bad,” writes Ari N. Schulman in Slate, “because as brilliant and grotesquely funny as ‘Dr. Strangelove’ is, the neglected ‘Fail Safe’ is the more mature and damning take on the nuclear enterprise. It feels like it could have really happened, and it’s terrifying as a result.”  Starring Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau, and directed by Sydney Lumet (“Twelve Angry Men,” “Network”).  A discussion takes place after the screening.

Later Event: November 13