A ficticious 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.
Toronto Premiere! New 4K Restorations of Rarely Screened Early Work By Legendary Filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick!
Double Feature Includes FEATURE and SHORT!
FEAR AND DESIRE: PREMIERE VERSION
1952 / Color / 70 min / United States / English / 4K DCP
In this existential drama – which has the feeling of a waking dream rather than a conventional war film – four soldiers return to their senses after crash-landing in a forest behind enemy lines. Blindly navigating their way back to their unit, they attack an isolated cabin occupied by enemy soldiers, then apprehend a peasant woman (Virginia Leith) who is tormented by the deranged young soldier assigned to guard her (Paul Mazursky). On the verge of freedom, they discover an outpost of enemy officers, and must decide whether to slip silently past or stage a violent confrontation with their doppelgängers.
Upon the initial release of Fear and Desire, Kubrick was stung by negative audience reactions and immediately decided to tone down the philosophical aspects of the film. In a pattern repeated throughout his career, he pulled the film from release and made additional cuts, removing approximately nine minutes of material (about 12% of the film’s total length). These edits made Fear and Desire less of a metaphysical experience and more of a conventional war picture.
Recently, the Library of Congress came into possession of 35mm elements of the original 70 minute cut, which was the version shown at the Venice Film Festival on August 18, 1952, under the title Shape of Fear, and which has not been seen since its interrupted theatrical run in 1953.
Now, seven decades later, audiences can finally see Fear and Desire as it was first released and witness the first awkward blossoming of 23-year old Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic genius.
For decades, the 62 minute version was all that existed of Fear and Desire, which a still dissatisfied Kubrick withheld from release throughout his lifetime, and which Kino Lorber released in 2012.
Restored in 4K by Kino Lorber in collaboration with Library of Congress, from the 35mm original cut negative and the 35mm fine grain master.
1953 / Color / 29 min / United States / English / 4K DCP
A fascinating bridge between Stanley Kubrick’s careers as photojournalist and narrative filmmaker, The Seafarers was his first color film (and the only one until Spartacus in 1960). An industrial film sponsored by the Seafarers International Union, The Seafarers is a documentary snapshot of the life of the merchant mariner, highlighting educational and recreational services provided by the union to its members.
Restored in 4K by Kino Lorber in collaboration with Library of Congress, from the 16mm camera negatives.
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