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Negrón 1 Josué Negrón Prof. Tejada English 1102-A 7 October 2009 Full Metal Jacket: A Comparison between Both Parts “Full Metal Jacket” (1987) is a film directed by Stanley Kubrick and was based on the Gustav Hasford novel “The Short-Timers”. Set in the late 1960s, it tells the story of a young recruit nicknamed “Joker” who is sent to a boot camp in Parris Island along with other recruits of the United States Marine Corps (IMDb.com). The film is divided into two parts: the first being Joker’s training in boot camp, and the second being his tour at Vietnam as a journalist for the military. The overall tone of the film is anti-war (although ironically, many servicemen seem to view the film as a motivation to join the military) and is regarded as one of Kubrick’s best films. This film had an emphasis on special effects and cinematic spectacle resembling most ‘New Hollywood’; in addition, it focuses on psychological and political outlooks on American society (Hill 295-300). Both parts of the film seem to be very different, and only two things seem to link both parts together: Joker, being the protagonist of the film, and the scene that marked the end of part one, which set the previously humorous mood of the film to very depressing and dark. Kubrick’s film shots helped contribute to the dark mood in this part of the film. He uses many close-ups and changes the lighting of the film to literally make the film darker (212-221). Part one of the film is slightly comedic and lighthearted in mood, especially compared to part two. The setting is Parris Island, a boot camp for new recruits that
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Negrón 2 require basic training before they are considered Marines. In the first part of the film, many long and medium long shots are used to introduce all the new recruits. Joker, along with every other recruit, is nicknamed by their drill instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. Hartman is well-known in the film for verbally abusing his recruits (occasionally to the point of hilarity) in order to train them to be emotionless killing machines. Aside from Hartman and Joker, one other person stands out in this part—an overweight, weak, and clueless recruit by the name of Leonard Lawrence. He is nicknamed “Pyle” by Hartman. Pyle is generally marginalized by the mise-en-scene, by being casted off to one side, but remaining the center of attention. “The mise-en-scene
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