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Full Metal Jacket Diary

Full Metal Jacket Diary

by Matthew Modine
     
 
Despite the infamous reputation of the enigmatic Stanley Kubrick, Matthew Modine couldn't refuse his offer. Faced with the prospects of a career-defining role and mentorship by a cinematic great, the 24-year-old Hollywood actor arrived in London armed with a medium-format Roleiflex -- inspired by Kubrick's early career as a Look photographer -- and a notebook to

Overview

Despite the infamous reputation of the enigmatic Stanley Kubrick, Matthew Modine couldn't refuse his offer. Faced with the prospects of a career-defining role and mentorship by a cinematic great, the 24-year-old Hollywood actor arrived in London armed with a medium-format Roleiflex -- inspired by Kubrick's early career as a Look photographer -- and a notebook to record his own on-set reportage, preparation for his starring role as a Marine Corps journalist.

But expectations eroded as a strange, creeping sickness pervaded the set, a horrific accident sidelined a principal, and an unexpected rivalry arose with a co-star. As the months dragged on, take-by-take, Modine realized he was falling victim to a manipulative mind-game of the Grand Master himself.

By the time his tour of duty ended a year and a half later, Modine had shot hundreds of photos and written countless entries. Only now -- after two decades and the death of Kubrick -- can Modine look back on his images and words. The result -- a coming-of-age drama set against the backdrop of Kubrick's Vietnam saga.

Combining Modine's stunning photos and poignant, handwritten diaries with remembrances and stories from his perspective today, Full Metal Jacket Diary offers an unparalleled glimpse at a closed-off world fashioned by a brilliant director.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Modine, who starred as Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Vietnam War masterpiece, Full Metal Jacket, gets right to the core of his subject by beginning with the question, "What was Stanley like?" He supplies the answers throughout this diary on the movie's filming, which should provide new insights for Kubrick enthusiasts. Modine's writing isn't graceful, but his insider's view of events have enough acrid flavor and authenticity to compensate. He explains Kubrick's philosophy by quoting him, "There are no bad ideas-only better ones," and convincingly highlights the fanatical perfectionism that caused Kubrick to go "dangerously overboard... way behind schedule." Modine mentions the horror of eating fruits and meats that were actually from the Vietnam War, kept in cans for 20 years. Other atmospherically effective details include the "incredibly uncomfortable, gummy and viscous" makeup blood, freezing in jungle fatigues and experiencing through Kubrick's emphasis on raw reality what the war was like. The book is filled with Modine's excellent photographs, which powerfully supplement the sometimes sketchy narrative. In the end, the work succeeds in expressing Modine's attitude-"I'm going to make you feel the horror of death." The stainless steel-covered book-each one laser-etched with a serial number-should become a collector's item for fans of the legendary director. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590710470
Publisher:
Rugged Land, LLC
Publication date:
10/25/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.95(d)

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