Almost 70 Years Later, Men Still Ruled By “Fear and Desire”

1953’s “Fear and Desire.” Credit: IGN Hungary.

“I wasn’t built for this.”

“None of us were.”

In Stanley Kubrick’s first film, four soldiers find themselves dropped in a forest, amidst a war. It doesn’t matter what forest or what war. They’re all the same. As the narrator tells us: “the enemies who struggle here do not exist unless we call them into being.”