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Fear and desire
Kubrick, Stanley, producer.
Publication Information:
New York : Kino Classics, [2012]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 61 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Stanley Kubrick's first film. Shows the universality of human behaviors under combat conditions. During a war "outside history", four soldiers survive the crash of their plane in enemy territory. As they attempt to escape to their own lines they encounter enemy soldiers (who look like them) and a woman. Three go to build a raft to carry them to safety while the one soldier left to guard the woman tries to seduce her. She flees. He kills her, then goes mad. The three other soldiers attack an enemy outpost. They seize an enemy plane and escape.
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"35mm archival restoration"--Container.

DVD release of the 1953 motion picture.

Produced in association with the Library of Congress.

Special features: The seafarers / directed, photographed and edited by Stanley Kubrick ; written by Will Chasan (1953 : col. ; 28 min.), a short subject film, restored and remastered.
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Legendary director Stanley Kubrick made his feature debut with this allegorical drama about war. Four soldiers whose plane has crashed discover they're behind enemy lines in an unnamed country. Desperate to escape, they decide to build a raft and travel up the nearby river into allied country. However, their presence is discovered by a local woman who stumbles across them in the woods, and they learn that an enemy general is nearby, determined to flush them out. Stanley Kubrick served as producer, director, screenwriter, editor, and cinematographer on Fear and Desire, which he made on a budget of only $40,000. One of the soldiers was played by Paul Mazursky, who later went on to a distinguished directorial career of his own. Kubrick displayed little enthusiasm for his debut feature later in his career, and is said to have attempted to prevent it from being screened on several occasions. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi