- Actors: Frank Silvera, Paul Mazursky, Kenneth Harp
- Directors: Stanley Kubrick
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Kino Lorber films
- Release Date: Oct. 23 2012
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B007K8ILTW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,566 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Fear & Desire
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A fictitious war in an unidentified country provides the setting for this drama. Four soldiers survive the crash-landing of their plane to find themselves in a forest six miles behind enemy lines. The group, led by Lt. Corby, has a plan: They'll make their way to a nearby river, build a raft, and then, under cover of night, float back to friendly territory.Their plans for getting back safely are sidetracked by a young woman who stumbles across them as they hide in the woods, and by the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill.
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well, you get the idea. The man produced brilliant films ... this is not one of them.
Four soldiers are lost behind enemy lines and have to get back to their side. On the way they encounter the locals, the enemies air base and have to face up to a few demons of their own ' not always successfully.
Now some have panned this film, whilst fans still rave about its authenticity etc. The main characters wear German WW II helmets with camouflage on them and are American ' the enemy also speak English and are white American looking. The acting is very one dimensional with no one writing an Oscar acceptance speech. The concepts of fear and desire are examined but in a way that is far from in depth, but it still is watchable but is not a film I will be recommending to friends unless they are a massive Kubrick fan.
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It was definitely ambitious, however, and everyone has to start somewhere, and I give Kubrick full credit for this first attempt. It is definitely of interest for that reason ... but it is just not very satisfying. The dialogue and characters are not believable, and with a few exceptions, the acting is weak overall. Virginia Leith is very good in her debut. Paul Mazursky seems to have come straight from an early-50's "method acting" class, however, he is so self-indulgent, self-conscious and over-the-top.
The composer, Gerald Fried -- whose first feature this also was -- told me that Kubrick tried to buy up all prints of this film to destroy them. And I have to say, the best thing about this film is Fried's music. Mr. Fried told me that Walter Winchell even said the same at the time of its release! Now THERE was a film debut to note.
The story goes that Stanley worked to buy back and destroy every print except the one in his archives. I know that there was a print in collection in NYC but that might as well have been a world away from me.
The Kino restoration is crisp and striking. The only drawback is the complete lack of special features.
Now my collection is complete... It was sad,sir, to realize watching this film that it was the LAST time I would see new Kubrick work.
Many have tried to be Stanley (there have been many pretenders - Spielberg's A.I. and Minority Report, STARZ attempt at Spartacus, attempts at Napoleon...) but there will never be another Stanley Kubrick. And there will never be another chance to see new work from the master.
Hopefully later there will be a blu-ray with special features. But for now, this Kino Restoration is amazing.
There was believe it or not a time when Stanley Kubrick wasn't one of the biggest names in film history, Yes, that's right, Stanley Kubrick, a man who's Career in the industry has no equal started out as a nobody who had to raise funds from family and friends to start production on what would be his first full motion picture, and like most directorial debuts, it was a box office failure, even after having been given high praise by some notable critics at the time, audiences just didn't care for it.
It's been said many times that Kubrick was before his time, and the same can be said about this film. At a mere 60 minute's, it is by far Kubrick's shortest movie, and lest polished, but contained in it's short run time are the ideas that gave birth to the style of film making that Kubrick continued to used and hone throughout the remainder of his career.
My personal thought's about the film the first time i watched it(this was many years ago) were that of the audiences, i didn't see anything of the man that Hollywood considered one of it's best. Now Many years latter and after several reviewing's i've realized that i was so so wrong. It's easily understandable for a person to say that a older low budget film like this sucks when they've seen films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, you have to look at this film a little more deeply to see the true skill of it's creator at work.
Throughout the rest of his life Kubrick shunned this film, was embarrassed by it, he even tried buying up as many original film prints as he could find, with the plan of preventing it from ever being seen again. Thankfully he didn't get them all, and now it has been beautifully restored in high definition and released for the world to enjoy and to see first hand how one of the greatest directors of all time got his start. If you are a Stanley Kubrick fan then you must own this film, cherish it, and be happy it still exists.