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RE: FMJ was Kubrick's approach to VN . . .

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.

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