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Full Metal Jacket (1987, Stanley Kubrick)

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 by kubrickblog

Slices of Cake


The eccentricity of Stanley Kubrick’s later career reaches what may be its confounding peak with Full Metal Jacket, his ambiguous Vietnam War film which is abstractly structured, only obtusely political, horrendously real yet disturbingly artificial (having been shot not deeply in Cambodian jungles but in an abandoned gas works in Great Britian), and overall a brief and throttling experiment. It’s overwhelming, and perversely beautiful in its awfulness. My stepdad served in Vietnam, was stationed at Phu Bai where much of this film takes place, and tells me it’s the only accurate movie about that war. The transition from first act to second remains jarring, but I’ve come around to it over the years — I realize now that it’s a cause-and-effect thing, that all the rhyming within what Private Joker sees and hears around him is how we mark the transition of men to machines, of sharpness…

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Telling, Not Showing!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 by kubrickblog

Bhdandme's Blog

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWriting on this blog a couple of weeks back, about the narrative voices of the book, and film of ‘Barry Lyndon,’ I asserted that the film was grimmer…

That was after reading the first few pages of the novel, having seen the whole film. Having read the whole novel, I find my first impressions have to be revised. Yet I cannot say simply that the novel is grimmer. Rather it’s that the comic element that I detected in Thackeray’s narrator, an element entirely missing from Kubrick’s film, has worn thin by the time we have worked our way into the book.

I’ve long been a fan of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, but he went up further in my estimation as I reached the end of Barry Lyndon. Lyndon is a first person narrator, and one that is used by the author in that most enjoyable of ways, for the reader, by…

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