Saturday, 23 January 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 48: Wed Feb 17

Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick, 1987): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm


This movie screens as part of the Stanley Kubrick retrospective (all the films being screened from 35mm) and you can read all the details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Stanley Kubrick shares with Orson Welles and Carl Dreyer the role of the Great Confounder—remaining supremely himself while frustrating every attempt to anticipate his next move or to categorize it once it registers. This odd 1987 adaptation of Gustav Hasford's The Short-Timers, with script-writing assistance from Michael Herr as well as Hasford, has more to do with the general theme of colonization (of individuals and countries alike) and the suppression by male soldiers of their female traits than with the specifics of Vietnam or the Tet offensive. Elliptical, full of subtle inner rhymes (for instance, the sound cues equating a psychopathic marine in the first part with a dying female sniper in the second), and profoundly moving, this is the most tightly crafted Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove, as well as the most horrific; the first section alone accomplishes most of what The Shining failed to do. With Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, and R. Lee Ermey.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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