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Mini-Review: The Seafarers (1953)

The Seafarers (1953)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

The Seafarers is a documentary directed by Stanley Kubrick two years before his feature debut, Killer’s Kiss. It was thought lost for many years, but in 2008 it was released on DVD for hardcore Kubrick fans to watch and analyze. It is an industrial short made for the Seafarers International Union to show to potential members. It is notable as Kubrick’s first use of color film.

Surprisingly, there are a few moments of the budding Kubrick touch. The most enjoyable were the sideways moving dolly shots through the cafeteria. I always found the similar shot through the apartment in The Killing to be one of my favorites, so it’s fun to see what that shot evolved from. A fun 30 minutes for any Kubrick fan, but don’t expect anything groundbreaking.

April 17, 2010 - Posted by | 1950s, Documentary, Mini-Reviews, Movie Reviews, Short | , , ,


  1. Got to tell you, I’ve never heard of this one how did you come across it?

    Comment by jpfmovies | April 18, 2010 | Reply

    • I don’t remember how I heard of it initially. It was a few years ago and most likely from one of my friends who is more obsessed with Kubrick than I am. A couple months back I saw that Seafarers had been officially released to DVD and I just got it from Netflix.

      Comment by silveremulsion | April 18, 2010 | Reply

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