One day I got so tired of being asked which film is “the best.” Since I had been to film school, and still dreamed of making films while working as a photographer (among other things), I guess the logic was that I should know. The question is, of course, nonsense, and so is the thought that I would know better than anyone else, but I felt it would be good to have a quick standard answer to it. So I decided to say Kubrick’s ‘Dr. Strangelove.’ Still do.
“History is the remembered past to which we no longer have an organic relation – the past that is no longer an important part of our lives – while collective memory is the active past that forms our identities.
Memory inevitably gives way to history as we lose touch with our pasts. Historical memory, however, can be either organic or dead: We can celebrate even what we did not directly experience, keeping the given past alive for us, or it can be alive only in historical records, so-called graveyards of knowledge.”—Jeffrey K. Olick and Joyce Robbins