FEAR AND DESIRE
1953, George Eastman’s Attic, 72 min, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Numerous rumors surround the creation (and near disappearance) of director Stanley Kubrick’s first feature film - some true, some less so. Often thought to be a student film, it was later disavowed and destroyed by its director, but not before it played in a few art house cinemas at the time of its release. A forgotten film in its day, this 35mm print from the George Eastman House collection offers a rare opportunity to see a young, self-educated filmmaker’s first foray into heavy themes - war, gender politics and more. Look for writer-actor-director Paul Mazursky making his screen debut in this film!


FULL METAL JACKET
1987, Warner Bros. , 116 min, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

A superb ensemble falls in for Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant saga about the Vietnam war and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. Joker (Matthew Modine), Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin), Gomer (Vincent D’Onofrio), Cowboy (Arliss Howard) and others experience bootcamp hell pitbulled by a leather-lunged D.I. (R. Lee Ermey), who views would-be devil dogs as grunts, maggots or something even worse. The action is savage, the story unsparing and the dialogue spiked with scathing humor from basic training to Hue City combat nightmare.


A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
1971, Warner Bros., 136 min, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was so stunned by Malcolm McDowell's debut in IF... that he reportedly was unwilling to begin his film adaptation of Anthony Burgess' savagely brutal, futuristic satire until he could be assured of McDowell's participation. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE proved to be more prophetic than anyone dreamed, presaging the punk explosion and skinhead-fomented violence in the later 1970s.


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