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Fear and Desire

  • Drama
  • 1953
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • 61 mins
  • 12

Summary

Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines are waylaid by a feral woman and an old enemy. Drama, Stanley Kubrick's directorial debut, starring Frank Silvera and Kenneth Harp.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

Stanley Kubrick believed his first feature - about a platoon of soldiers in an unspecified war fighting behind enemy lines - was "a serious effort, ineptly done", so he tried to suppress it. He was right to do so; for, despite some striking imagery, what wrecks the movie - made with money borrowed from relatives - are the uniformly terrible performances and the atrocious dialogue. The script, written by Kubrick and poet Howard O Sackler, includes a scene in which a girl is tied to a tree and lectured to about the morality of war; it's the same kind of mumbo-jumbo Marlon Brando spouts at the end of Apocalypse Now. But any chance to see an early work from one of the world's greatest film-makers should not be missed, while future director Paul Mazursky appears as one of the GIs.

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Credits

Cast

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MacFrank Silvera
Lt CorbyKenneth Harp
The GirlVirginia Leith
SidneyPaul Mazursky
FletcherSteve Coit
NarratorDavid Allen

Crew

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DirectorStanley Kubrick

Details

Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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