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In Reply to: RE: War movies that got it right...at least according to those that were there... posted by TWB on May 27, 2020 at 02:47:22
According to those who were there.
Every movie was about jungles and hills so he decided to show the rare episodes of street fighting. That alone makes it unique. Finding Lee Ermie was a gift from the war gods.
I also like the ironies in SPR.
Kubrick was paranoic about flying in an airplane.
The sets for FULL METAL JACKET may reflect more is aversion to flying than his desire to depict street by steet fighting.
He order palm trees from around the world and created an Southeast Asian environment, sort of, in the film, instead of shooting on location.
Also, I would hazard to suggest that the film was not so much about Viet Nam, per se, but more about the insanity of war. It's more about the irony of the pointless and mad heroism of war occasions, in general, as opposed to the Viet Nam conflict itself.
When considered in this light, the fake sets (including British camps masquerading as American boot camps) advance the narrative and broaden it's themes.
Regardless, FMJ is one of the all-time greats.
Kubrick was such a control freak there's NO WAY be ever would have
shot that on location even if could conquer his fear of flying.
The tale itself could have fit most any 20th Century war.
Great film and easily one of his most accessible.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
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