Fear and Desire

Fear and Desire

DVD - 2012
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A plane carrying four soldiers crashes in a forest behind enemy lines in an unnamed country. Desperate to escape, the group plans to build a raft and travel up the river into allied country. However, they are sidetracked by a local woman who stumbles across them in the woods, and the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill.
Publisher: New York : Kino Classics, [2012]
Call Number: DVD F FEAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 11, 2017

Boring War-Drama. Kubrick really blundered with this one.

Apr 21, 2016

This is a 1953 American anti-war drama directed, produced, shot, and edited by Stanley Kubrick.
It is Kubrick’s first feature film and one of his least-seen works.
set during a war between two unidentified countries, four soldiers from one country has crashed six miles behind enemy lines.
Hoping they can use the waterway to reach their battalion, they build their raft.
A young peasant girl comes by.
The soldiers apprehend the girl and bind her to a tree with their belts.
The youngest of them is left behind to guard the girl and starts to talk to her, but she doesn't speak the language.
Maybe under some stressful mental condition, the young soldier goes out of his mind and shots the girl while she escapes.
Mac, a sergeant, persuades the lieutenant to take the raft for a solo voyage in connection with a plan to kill an enemy general at a nearby base.
The lieutenant and his man successfully infiltrate the base and kill the enemy general.
While waiting for Mac by the river, the lieutenant philosophizes about war and how no man is made for it.
Although the theme is simple enough, the film has NOT been well developed.
Probably one hour is a bit too short for that.

Dec 06, 2015

There’s a reason legendary director Stanley Kubrick wanted all copies of this early work destroyed—it’s embarrassingly awful or, in his words, amateurish like a child’s drawing on a fridge. Six generic soldiers are stranded behind enemy lines in a war that seems to be more metaphysical than actual. Trying to find their way back home they ruminate, cogitate, and regurgitate on the senselessness of war by substituting hackneyed soliloquies and jarring close-ups for actual profundities. Bad acting, worse writing, and a whole lot of hot air.

Jul 14, 2015

Wow. I never thought I'd see an existentialist war film, But, Kubrick has done it. You could see the early elements of his other movies, especially the camerawork and the editing. This definitely is a prelude to "Paths of Glory". I liked the wildness of future director Paul Mazursky's character. His meanderings about Miranda, the storm & Prospero probably haunted him till he got it out of his system with his movie "The Tempest". (A great film with John Cassevettes, Raul Julia, Susan Sarandon, and debuting Molly Ringwald as Miranda.) For Kubrick afficianatos (sic), a Must-See. This will also, hopefully, lead you to his next film, "Killer's Kiss".

Aug 23, 2014

a meditation on war with splendid performances, but more theatrical than cinematic, Stanley Kubrick was already strutting his idiosyncratic stuff with manifest skill and confidence, despite his own reservations about the film

voisjoe1 Mar 28, 2014

Don’t try to figure out which war this film is portraying; nor which country. This, first long-form feature from Stanley Kubrick, is a meditation on war itself. The real bomb-shell at the end comes from the credits which are given at the end, something not natural when this film came out. The surprise credits indicate that those we kill in war are not that much different from ourselves. Actually just ourselves. For a 24 year-old Kubrick, this was an incredible achievement which seemed to start out more like a common pedestrian modern war film. It was not that at all.

Oct 03, 2013

Fear And Desire (from 1953) is the low-budget, first feature-film directed by legendary movie-maker, Stanley Kubrick, who was just a budding, young film student at the time._____ Containing some striking camerawork and intense character interaction, this marginally violent War picture tells the tale of 4 soldiers who, after their plane crash-lands, find themselves stranded in a forested region behind the lines of an unnamed enemy in an unidentified country._____ Before embarking on a treacherous journey downriver, these tired and weary G.I.s must formulate a workable plan to locate the enemy's headquarters and, thus, assassinate its commanding officer._____ Filmed in stark b&w, this somewhat intriguing picture has a brief running time of only 60 minutes._____ Also included on this DVD is the 30-minute documentary that tells about The Seafarers and the vast benefits one would find being part of their powerful union and social network._____ Filmed in color, this 1953 documentary was directed, photographed and edited by Stanley Kubrick, as well.


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