A 35mm tribute to R. Lee Ermey (1944-2018). Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick's long-time assistant and Ermey's acting coach on this movie, will be in attendance for a Q&A, to talk about Kubrick's creative process, and Ermey's remarkable performance.
FULL METAL JACKET (1987): Stanley Kubrick's take on the Vietnam War follows Private Davis (Matthew Modine), quickly christened "Joker" by his foul-mouthed drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), and Private Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio), nicknamed "Gomer Pyle," as they endure the rigors of basic training. Though Pyle takes a frightening detour, Joker graduates to the Marine Corps and is sent to Vietnam as a journalist, covering - and eventually participating in - the bloody Battle of Hué.
About Leon Vitali: After playing Lord Bullingdon in BARRY LYNDON, Leon Vitali walked away from a promising acting career to spend the next 20 years working as Stanley Kubrick's assistant. Vitali worked closely with the legendary director, often working 18 to 24 hour days to help complete THE SHINING, FULL METAL JACKET, and EYES WIDE SHUT.
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