Match the words with the meanings below Satire Obsessed Destruction Conspiracy Black comedy 1. To be preoccupied with or constantly worried about something 2. A secret plan by a group to do something illegal or dangerous 3. The use of humour or ridicule to show up people’s stupidity, usually related to politics 4. The act of causing so much damage to something that it can never be fixed 5. A mix of comedy and terror, where things are so bad you might as well laugh It's the early 1960s. Jack D. Ripper, an insane U.S. Air Force general obsessed with fears of "the Communist conspiracy," orders the B-52s under his command to launch a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. Only General Ripper has the code to recall the bombers. Once the planes are on their way he shuts down the base, tells his soldiers to defend it and refuses all communication. Telephone calls from the Air Force and from the President go unanswered, as the planes the General sent move closer to Russian cities. The President and his advisors urgently gather in the "War Room" and try to work out how to stop the destruction of the world. The movie is a black comedy about the risks of accidental nuclear war and a satire of the fragile state of American-Russian affairs in the 1960s. Read the questions below and write down your answers using what you know and the reading text above. 1. Which two countries were involved in the Cold War? 2. What did Russia used to be called? 3. At the time of this film, what political system did Russia use? 4. How is the state of Russian-American affairs described? Discussion There are still many thousands of nuclear bombs in the world. Should we be worried about nuclear war, accidental or intentional? What can be done about this?