The Seafarers Reviews
This one is in color but in comparison to the previous documentaries it has the slowest pace and the least interest, unless one can relate to its subject. Even the narration is dull, and probably the best thing about it is the shots of ships and the appearance of "Kubrick's dolly shot."
A nice documentary but definitely not for all, including myself ;)
Now prior to this film I have seen a fare few industrial films (like the ones lampooned on MST3K) and all of Stanley Kubrick's films from PATHS OF GLORY to FULL METAL JACKET (as of this review) , with this film I didn't expect much (due to the obvious reason it's an industrial film). My gut feeling wasn't that far off, this film is just another dull industrial film that promotes the subject matter in a positive light. But with the opening credits reading "directed and Photographed by Stanley Kubrick" that whole industrial film air was slightly shaken off. To be honest I was paying more attention to the direction and camera movement in this film rather than the subject matter (the seafarers' union). Instead of reviewing the dull subject matter and narration I'm only going to review Kubrick's direction.
Kubrick shows off his usual direction style, the graceful camera movement, a good use of the dolly, and sweeping camera pans. Kubrick blends his photographer's skill of capturing everyday life in this film while experimenting with the tool he was destined for, the move camera.
Final thoughts and recommendation on Kubrick's THE SEAFARERS: I don't hold Kubrick personally responsible for this dull colour mess; the narrator sucks all life out of the picture. In my view this film Kubrick was experimenting with a new medium of cinema photography which would make his later future films so stunning, Technicolor film. Recommendation: unless you are a diehard Kubrick fan and have seen a few industrial from the era (preferably the industrial shorts made fun on MST3K) I would recommended if you were going to view this short don't expect too much. Rating 70% (only due to it being a Kubrick short)
I was entertained with this long awaited DVD documentary. Glad to see it finally out there. After watching this industrial documentary one time I watched it again with the voice-over from directors Roger Avary and Keith Gordon (Dexter), very good indeed.
Indian Relay did a good job with the artwork, the DVD menus and the added features were actually pretty good. Considering you might already think you've seen everything as far as added Kubrick features, assuming you're a big fan of Stanley Kubrick, these were above average. There's also an interview with his daughter.