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Stanley Kubrick’s Rare First Film to Air on TCM

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December 14th at 8pm EST. Remember that date.

Why? Because that will be the time and date that Stanley Kubrick’s incredibly rare feature film debut Fear and Desire will air on Turner Classic Movies. Go ahead, try and find a copy of this movie. Unless you are willing to throw down big bucks on a cheaply made bootleg, you aren’t going to have any luck. While technically in the public domain, upon Kubrick’s success with such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove, he personally denounced the film (calling it a “a bumbling amateur film exercise”) and collected all the copies he could find to discourage its viewing.

On the 14th the George Eastman House, a film preservation museum out of Rochester, New York, will provide TCM with the only known commercial copy of the film to air, as well as 14 other rare films to air in a 24 hour marathon starting at 6:15am EST. The film schedule is as follows:

6:15 a.m. The Blue Bird (1918)
7:45 a.m. The Valiant (1929)
9 a.m. The Spanish Earth (1937)
10 a.m. The Trespasser (1929)
11:45 a.m. The Moon and Sixpence (1942)
1:30 p.m. The Lottery Bride (1930)
3 p.m. A Page of Madness (1926)
4:30 p.m. Delicious (1931)
6:30 p.m. Payment Deferred (1932)
8:00 p.m. Fear and Desire (1953)
9:15 p.m. Huckleberry Finn (1920)
11 p.m. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
1:15 a.m. Roaring Rails (1924)
2:45 a.m. The World Moves On (1934)
4:45 a.m. Goldstein (1965)

If you consider yourself even the tiniest bit a film geek, you’ll kick yourself in the head if you miss this.

[Turner Classic Movies]

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