#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: After their airplane crashes behind enemy lines, four soldiers must survive and try to find a way back to their battalion. However, when they come across a local peasant girl the horrors of war quickly become apparent.
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This film, Stanley Kubrick’s first feature, has been maligned by its creator and hidden away for many, many years, which is a shame, for in spite of its shortcomings, it is most definitely a Kubrick film. Many of the themes that populate his later work can be found here, as well some of his photographic specialities. Possibly, with his recent passing, the archives that have had to stifle showings of this film, often by request of Mr. K, might now be able to show his many admirers that he knew where he was going right from the start.
Kubrick’s first film. The rock band Genesis’s first album.
Even if you’re not a Kubrick (or Genesis) fan, let’s jump right into this analogy. The rock band Genesis, those oddball geniuses who gave us “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” not to mention the world-dominating solo careers of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, began their career in 1970 with a debut album “Trespass” which sold only 6000 copies and was mostly trounced by critics–even later, in light of the band’s huge successes, it was panned as “that Genesis album you should avoid”.
Here in 1953 we have the cinematic master Stanley Kubrick’s debut “album” which, if you believe its anemic imdb score of 5.5 and severe reaming it’s getting from reviewers, is as much a dud as Genesis – Trespass.
I think the critics are wrong on both counts. And here’s why. In both cases we have some very talented and very ambitious minds attempting to express their art, but they don’t yet have the artistic clout to indulge themselves boldly. Instead they have to do it covertly, secretly and with subtlety, and that’s why “Fear & Desire” (as well as Trespass) is such a great experience for those of us who have the patience to read between the lines.
“Fear and Desire”, clocking in at a mere 1 hour 2 minutes, approaches us like little more than a Twilight Zone episode. It’s a quasi surreal story of a band of 4 soldiers cut off from the world, trapped behind enemy lines, and trying to make their way down a river to freedom as they are dogged by an invisible enemy army and, even worse, the invisible creeping madness that infects any human who’s cut off from the world behind enemy lines.
If that plot summary seems like a mouthful, trust me it doesn’t even scratch the surface. This tidy little 62 minute flick packs so much that you can literally watch it twice in a row (as I did) and still feel like it should be longer because you keep discovering new secrets inside.
If you watch this flick (and seriously, what else are you going to do with 62 minutes of your time, watch the news? lord help us all), I want to point you in the direction of 2 things that Kubrick does masterfully here, possibly better than he ever achieved in any other film. Those 2 things are 1) thematic irony – such as the brilliantly chilling scene where a young soldier is sitting with his head down on a table as he stares at a dead body, and all the while his buddies are slobbering down bowls of baked bean soup; and 2) visual irony – such as the scene where the wise, war-weary general is expressing his thoughts on the horrors of the human condition, while the camera instead draws our eye to his smirking lieutenant who is sucking down shots of vodka.
Back to the analogy of Genesis’s first album which failed (commercially) because the band tried to pack too much into its maiden voyage, here in “Fear and Desire” we get Stanley Kubrick, masterful as ever, but trying to pack an epic soul-searching treatise on the madness of war into a 1-hour Twilight Zone episode. Does that make it any less great than it is? No, it just means we the audience need to work a little harder to appreciate what’s inside.
Definitely check out this flick. Watch it for just the 2 scenes I mentioned (although it’s full of gems, such as the scene of the girl in the woods silently watching a soldier lose his mind). And maybe you’ll agree that this is one of the finest debuts since Genesis – Trespass.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 2 min (62 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Thriller, War
Director Stanley Kubrick
Writer Howard Sackler
Actors Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky, Stephen Coit
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Kubrick Family
Sound Mix Mono (RCA)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera Bell & Howell Eyemo, Mitchell NC
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm