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In 1985, Stanley Kubrick encouraged Matthew Modine to keep a journal and take photographs while playing the lead role of Pvt. Joker - a combat correspondent - on the set of his Vietnam War film, Full Metal Jacket. In 2005, Modine published a limited edition book of his diary and photos which later became an interactive experience for the iPad. Now, with the Full Metal Jacket Diary audiobook, fans can listen to Modine as he performs his diary with sound effects and original music. This deeply immersive, first-hand account reveals what it was like to work with Stanley Kubrick, one of cinema's most enigmatic filmmakers.

©2005 Matthew Modine (P)2014 Beacon Audiobooks

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Matthew Modine's voice takes you on a personal journey through his struggle to become Private Joker, the difficulties and joys that accompanied his experience on and off the film set, while he shares some interesting reflections on war, politics, love, kubrick, fatherhood and, ultimately, life. Loved it.

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  • Aaron
  • Marysville, WA
  • 02-01-18

Fascinating Behind the Scenes Look

As a film critic, I have always been interested in evaluating how a movie makes me feel and how it compares to others. This journal, for the first time, has made me absolutely fascinated in the filmmaking process. That is, the way in which special effects are handled, the way scenes evolve and take shape over the course of a shoot, and the way actors/directors/crew interact when the cameras are not rolling.

This account of the history of FULL METAL JACKET also increased my reverence for Stanley Kubrick's talent (and convinced me that he was definitely a bit of a jerk, albeit a genius one, too). The film is a masterpiece and one of my favorites of all-time and learning about the details of how it was made gave me a lot of joy. This is a must-read for fans of the director or this film, and I will be eagerly seeking out stories like this about other favorite films of my own.

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Merely taps the surface.

What about Matthew Modine’s performance did you like?

Modine is a fine actor and reads it well. I didn't like all the chapter breaks that told you where you were, what date, etc. They were too frequent, interrupted the flow.

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Meh movie was better than the book.

Meh movie was better than the book. mabe now I will watch it in a different light? !

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  • MR L HARRIS
  • 03-10-18

Great Insights ....

Into the mind of a master filmmaker and a must for Kubrick obsessives ( like me )

‘Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see’

Arthur Schopenhauer

Stanley fell firmly into the latter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-17

Full Strait Jacket

Loved this one. Filled with rigorous filmmaking insights from the narrator himself. A Kubrickian treat.