Day of the Fight (1951)
The first picture directed by Stanley Kubrick: A 1951 short subject documentary film based on an earlier photo feature he had done as a photographer for Look magazine in 1949. Day Of The Fight shows Irish-American middleweight boxer Walter Cartier during the height of his career, on the day of a fight with Bobby James, which took place on April 17, 1950.
Flying Padre (1951)
Flying Padre is a short subject black-and-white documentary film, which is notable as the second picture directed by Stanley Kubrick, after Day of the Fight. About a Catholic priest in rural New Mexico, Father Fred Stadtmuller. Because his 400-square mile parish is so large, he uses a Piper Cub airplane (named the “Spirit of St. Joseph”) to travel from one isolated settlement to another. The film shows him providing spiritual guidance, giving sermons at funerals, and serving as an impromptu air ambulance by flying a sick child and his mother to hospital.
The Seafarers (1953)
Stanley Kubrick’s first film made in color. Lost for over 40 years! The documentary extolls the benefits of membership to the Seafarers International Union.