Full Metal Jacket Diary

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Rugged Land, Oct 25, 2005 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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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 large-format Roliflex camera–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. And 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 a seminal Vietnam saga.

A book like no other, Stanley Kubrick would have been the first in line to buy Full Metal Jacket Diary.

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User Review  - grebmops - LibraryThing

The photos are great, and the cover's made of metal. It has that working for it. As for the actual diary, there are a few good anecdotes about the making of the movie, but not nearly enough. You don't ... Read full review

Vietnam in London......(an employee review).

User Review  - Zozo1970 - Borders

A great behind-the-scenes account of one of THE seminal films of the 1980's - and a Kubrick one to boot!! Quite candid pictures of one of the least-seen filmmakers of all time, and at the same time ... Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Matthew Modine has starred in over forty films, including Any Given Sunday, Pacific Heights, Married to the Mob, Vision Quest, and Birdy.