Kubrick Konfidential #1: Fear and Desire

An image from "Fear and Desire," a film thought forever lost directed in 1953 by Stanley Kubrick

Welcome to Kubrick Konfidential. This is the first post of thirteen, all examining the feature films of legendary director Stanley Kubrick. I have painstakingly watched all of his films, examining them and taking notes. Now, it’s time to bring my information to the page with Kubrick Konfidential.

#1: Fear and Desire

After a couple of documentary shorts (Day of the Fight and Flying Padre), Look! photographer Stanley Kubrick made his first feature film, Fear and Desire. It was the first of six films scattered throughout his career which dealt directly with the theme of war. This time, the war was fictional, and not very much fighting was actually shown (except in the film’s conclusion). The film is notable for being extremely rare. Kubrick went as far as to remove all copies of it from print, but I managed to find the film on Google Video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1827164897920384059#

The film tells of four soldiers, stranded on an island after their plane went down in the middle of the aforementioned fictitious war. They work together to escape, finding a young native girl who does not understand them, and running afoul of an enemy general. It was not very well received and led Kubrick to create another documentary short promoting the seafaring industry, titled The Seafarers, his first production filmed in colour. The documentary was created to acquire funding for Kubrick’s next film, which will be the subject of the next episode of Kubrick Konfidential.

Fear and Desire:
My Rating: 4/10


About Tyler

Patient observer of all things film and music, from Béla Tarr to Boards of Canada. Foul mouthed and clinging to the edge of sanity.

Posted on February 14, 2011, in Movie Reviews, Movies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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