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The Seafarers (1953)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 15 October 1953 (USA)
Stanley Kubrick's first film made in color, lost for over forty years. The documentary extols the benefits of membership to the Seafarers International Union.

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Stanley Kubrick

Writer:

Will Chasen
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Don Hollenbeck Don Hollenbeck ... Himself - Host & Narrator
Paul Hall Paul Hall ... Himself - Secretary Treasurer, SIU Atlantic & Gulf Coast District
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Stanley Kubrick's first feature made in color. Lost for over 40 years! The documentary extols the benefits of membership to the Seafarers International Union. Written by Alexander Pietrzak <lejackal@aol.com>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

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USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Although often referred to as a "documentary", this is actually a promotional film, made for the Seafarers International Union. See more »

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A curiosity at best
1 August 2001 | by gonzo88888See all my reviews

'The Seafarers' was a half hour documentary made for the Seafarers International Union in 1953. It's actually more of a promotional film than a documentary, urging sailors to join the union & extolling the benefits, etc etc. The 1950s equivalent of a corporate video or an infomercial.

There is absolutely nothing remarkable about this film. It's competently made, but it's not the sort of project where a director would have the opportunity to exercise any sort of creativity. Kubrick was a hired gun on this, he did the job he was paid for & that's it.

Any attempts to look for trademark Kubrick touches or innovation would be pointless.

There are only two things noteworthy about 'The Seafarers' - it was directed by Stanley Kubrick, and it happened to be his first film in colour. Other than the title reading 'Directed by Stanley Kubrick', I found nothing of any interest whatsoever. There's nothing wrong with it, but it would be utterly forgotten & ignored if it had not been directed by someone who went on to much greater things.

Darth Nub


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