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An existential war film that is often compared with Kubrick's PATHS OF GLORY (1957) among three Kubrick films selected for the Library's National Film Registry-and FULL METAL JACKET (1987), FEAR AND DESIRE follows a squad of soldiers who have crash-landed behind enemy lines and must work their way downriver to rejoin their unit.
In the process, they encounter a peasant girl (Virginia Leith) and tie her to a tree, where she is tormented by a mentally unbalanced soldier (future director Paul Mazursky). Before making their escape, the soldiers determine the location of an enemy base and formulate a plot to assassinate its commanding officer.
Independently financed, and shot by a skeleton crew - with Kubrick controlling almost every aspect of production - FEAR AND DESIRE was conceived as a European-style art film, cloaked in the guise of a Hollywood war picture. Kubrick described the film to distributor Joseph Burstyn as allegorical and poetic. ''A drama of 'man', lost in a hostile world-deprived of material and spiritual foundations-seeking his way to an understanding of himself, and of life around him.''
Beautifully restored and remastered in HD from an original camera negative and thanks to the preservation efforts of the Library of Congress, Kino Lorber is proud to share with the world FEAR AND DESIRE, fresh from the 24-year-old mind of the man who would become the most influential filmmaker of his generation.
BONUS FEATURE: ''The Seafarers'', A short subject film, restored and remastered in HD (for the first time) by the The Museum of Modern Art & The Film Foundation.
A literate, unhackneyed war drama, outstanding for its fresh camera treatment and poetic dialogue. --Variety
Stanley Kubrick himself disavowed this film, calling it "amateurish rubbish." After years of wondering about it ... I have to pretty much agree. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Niemann
Okay, so, the movie is pretty bad, for the most part. It has glimpses of Kubrickian genius, but generally feels like an episode of the outer limits. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jason Doyle
In 1952, legendary film director Stanley Kubrick was getting ready to make his first feature film based on a screenplay written by a
poet friend, Howard O Sackler, (at... Read more
"Fear and Desire" (1953) is Stanley Kubrick's first feature film made on a budget of $53,000. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. Edmonson
The fact this DVD also includes "The Seafarers" makes it a must-have for Kubrick film collectors. Both "Fear and Desire" and "The Seafarers" have been beautifully restored. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephen R. Winham
This is an interesting early Kubrick film. I enjoyed it as I am a huge Kubrick fan and collect all of his work. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sci-Fi