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The Seafarers (1953)

The Seafarers





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Members of the American Federation of Labor, the Atlantic & Gulf Coast District of the Seafarers International Union commissioned budding filmmaker and magazine photographer Stanley Kubrick to direct this half-hour documentary. Originally released in October of 1953, this short was the director's first film in color. More of an industrial film than a documentary, it basically served as a promotional tool to get sailors to join the union. Since then, it has been released on home video for curious fans of the director. In addition to directing, Kubrick was cinematographer and editor. Presumably, he took the job of making The Seafarers in order to finance his first feature film, Fear and Desire, which was released in the same year.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
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Written By: Will Chosen
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On DVD: Dec 16, 2008


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For those who must have in their collection every film Kubrick made.

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Again, I watched these early short documentaries by Kubrick purely because my interest was peaked. None of them are really all that interesting, and it is hard to say you can even see some spark of skill that would be so revered in Kubrick's career. This last short is the longest, instead of being less than 10 minutes it is a whole half hour. It feels like the kind of terrible educational film that might end up on Mystery Science Theater, with only a voice-over and footage of the Seafarer's Union, who is quite happily praised (since they paid for it). I think big Kubrick fans might be interested to see his first forays into film, but they aren't terribly interesting and I don't think they even show too much artistic skill.

Ken Scheck

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