Not a long time ago, I posted this magnificent cover of Stanley Kubrick’s draft of ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and additional page of the script with Kubrick’s handwritten notes. Finally the waiting is over, today we can celebrate this masterpiece in it’s original beauty. Michael Herr wrote the narration for Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979), then co-wrote ‘Full Metal Jacket’ (1987) with Stanley Kubrick, which contained elements of Dispatches.
“Stanley Kubrick was a friend of mine, insofar as people like Stanley have friends, and as if there are any people like Stanley now. Famously reclusive, as I’m sure you’ve heard, he was in fact a complete failure as a recluse, unless you believe that a recluse is simply someone who seldom leaves his house. Stanley saw a lot of people. Sometimes he even went out to see people, but not often, very rarely, hardly ever. Still he was one of the most gregarious men I ever knew, and it didn’t change anything that most of this conviviality went on over the phone. He viewed the telephone the way Mao viewed warfare, as the instrument of a protracted offensive where control of the ground was critical and timing crucial, while time itself was meaningless, except as something to be kept on your side. An hour was nothing, mere overture, or opening move, a gambit, a small taste of his virtuosity. The writer Gustav Hasford claimed that he and Stanley were once on the phone for seven hours, and I went over three with him many times. I’ve been hearing about all the people who say they talked to Stanley on the last day of his life, and however many of them there were, I believe all of them.” —Kubrick By Michael Herr, Grove Press, 2000
NOTE: For educational purposes only.
Embedded below: ‘Full Metal Jacket’ audio commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and critic/screenwriter Jay Cocks. [jeremias fonseca]
- September 1987 issue of American Cinematographer
- Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App
- A Pinewood Dialogue with Matthew Modine offers rare insight into Kubrick’s techniques in directing his actors
- An interview with Philip Castle, a British Illustrator most widely recognised for his iconic creations of the posters for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’
- ‘Full Metal Jacket’ press kit, Warner Bros., 1987 [pdf]
- 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
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