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Follow Stanley Kubrick as he creates his savage and brilliant Vietnam film, hewing closely to the theme that dominated his creative life for four decades - the duality of human nature. Poised between good and evil, mankind was, in Kubrick's view, a complex creature equally capable of unspeakable savagery and heart-melting tenderness. Full Metal Jacket would make his case in vivid, blood-soaked Technicolor. Through interviews with Kubrick's collaborators and cast members, including Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Ermey and Adam Baldwin, this documentary reveals how Kubrick's brilliant visual sense, astute knowledge of human nature, and unique perspective on the duality of man came together to make Full Metal Jacket an unforgettable cinematic experience, taking its place in his "war trilogy" alongside cinematic landmarks Fear and Desire and Paths of Glory. Written by
This making-of documentary is featured on the Warner Bros. 2007 Stanley Kubrick boxed set DVD release for Full Metal Jacket (1987), as well as the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs released that year. See more »
This is a making of feature on Full Metal Jacket. It consists of sitdown interviews(with an equal mix of actors and crew - some of them from other works), clips of the movie and behind the scenes photos(and some footage).
Many subjects are covered in the lean 30 minute running time. The choice to shoot in London(!) as Stanley(R.I.P.) did not want to go too far away from home and how convincing it remained. R. Lee Ermey's role
as technical adviser, as the indispensable Drill Sgt. only matched in
brutality by the horrors of war, and, of course, as a seemingly endless source of unforgettable, graphic obscenities.
Kubrick's numerous "quirks" are gone into - his perfectionism(bordering on him being a tyrant), the time he took along with the patience(or remarkable lack thereof) he employed, his perfectionism, and the way he(or, perhaps, did not) directed the performers. That last one, there are different opinions on, and to the great credit of this documentary, it shows them without trying to force them to fit some harmonious package. The man was many things, but uncomplicated was not one of them.
There is bloody, gory, violent and disturbing content in this. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the film. 8/10
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