Before he became an Oscar-nominated director, Stanley Kubrick helmed this 1953 documentary that extols the rewards of Seafarers International Union membership. Lost for more than four decades, the short — his first foray into color — is a must-see for Kubrick acolytes and film students.
Stanley Kubrick was born in New York, and was considered intelligent despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick’s father Jack (a physician) sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films.
Jack Kubrick’s decision to give his son a camera for his thirteenth birthday would be an even wiser move: Kubrick became an avid photographer, and would often make trips around New York taking photographs which he would… read more
Struggling filmmaker Stanley Kubrick (“Fear and Desire” & “Flying Padre”) follows the failure of his feature debut with this promotional film for the Seafarers International Union in order to recoup… read review