Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fear and Desire

Here's a curio: Fear and Desire (1953) directed by Stanley Kubrick, his first feature. At 62 minutes, it plays like an art house film cross-pollinated with The Twilight Zone. Open narration sets it up:
There is a war in this forest. Not a war that has been fought, nor one that will be, but any war. And the enemies who struggle here do not exist unless we call them into being. This forest then, and all that happens now is outside history. Only the unchanging shapes of fear and doubt and death are from our world. These soldiers that you see keep our language and our time, but have no other country but the mind.
It shows Kubrik's theme of dehumanization was already set in place and if you have some time, it is well worth the view.