Everywhere I have read people write about the structure of FMJ they have called it a two act film, mainly because the first part takes place in boot camp and the rest in Vietnam. I would argue that FMJ is indeed a 3 act structure. Act one clearly is the boot camp section, running a little over 40 minutes and ending with Pyle in the latrine. Act two, also running about 40 minutes, is the episodic, days-in-the-life-of-a- Marine- in-Vietnam section, up to and including the scene of the men haggling with the motorcycle prostitute and her pimp. Notice that this 2nd act begins and ends -- typical Kubrickian symetry here -- with scenes of soldiers haggling with prostitutes. The third act is the sniper sequence running around 20 minutes. Kubrick again has used the bookend symetry: a concentrated 1st act (all about Pyle), a loose middle act (many different subjects), and a very concentrated final act (all about sniper). (R.D.)
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