Week 2: FAIL SAFE
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 18, for Sidney Lumet's Cold War classic: Fail Safe.
For a movie that features an entire act of two people on the telephone, this ascetic, taut thriller is both fascinating and terrifying. In the context of the Cold War, the movie centers around an error that inadvertently kicks off the countdown to Mutually Assured Destruction between the US and Russia.
Ignore the nonsensical tagline (“Fail Safe Will Have You Sitting on the Brink of Eternity!”) — this is smart, elegant, all-too-close-to-home thriller about just how quickly international politics can go terribly wrong.
Its popularity suffered from the release of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” in the same year, in which nuclear war is played for laughs. The gravity of “Fail Safe” failed to resonate with an audience looking to dismiss the fears of the previous generation with flippant pomposity.
The weather looks perfect! Sunset is at 8:22 PM