Full Metal Jacket Diaryby 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 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.
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