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Jim Bow
12-27-2015, 09:49 PM
The "2001: A Space Odyssey" thread reminded me of Kubrick's friend and associate Sterling Hayden.
Surely there must have been a Hayden thread here before.
As a reference, here's a couple of paragraphs from his Wiki:

"Hayden dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and took a job as mate on a schooner.[5] His first voyage was to Newport Beach, California, from New London, Connecticut.[4] Later, he was a fisherman on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, ran a charter yacht, and served as a fireman on 11 trips to Cuba aboard a steamer.[4] He skippered a trading schooner in the Caribbean after earning his master's license, and in 1937 he served as mate on a world cruise of the schooner Yankee.[4] After serving as sailor and fireman on larger vessels and sailing around the world several times, he was awarded his first command at age 22, skippering the square rigger Florence C. Robinson 7,700 miles from Gloucester, Massachusetts, to Tahiti in 1938.
After two film roles, he left Hollywood and joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a private, under the name John Hamilton, a nom de guerre he never used otherwise. While at Parris Island, he was recommended for Officer Candidate School. After graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and was transferred to service as an undercover agent with William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan's COI office. He remained there after it became the OSS.[9][10][11]

As OSS agent John Hamilton, his World War II service included sailing with supplies from Italy to Yugoslav partisans and parachuting into fascist Croatia. Hayden, who also participated in the Naples–Foggia campaign and established air crew rescue teams in enemy infested waters and reconnaissance through enemy-held areas"), a Bronze Arrowhead device for parachuting behind enemy lines, and a commendation from Yugoslavia's Marshal Tito. He left active duty on December 24, 1945. He was all of 29 years old.

Sky Blue
12-27-2015, 10:10 PM
It would be difficult to conceive a more serious and provocative auteur (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auteur_theory) than Mr. Kubrick.

Anyone who has personally experienced Marine Corps Recruit Training was no doubt stilled and disturbed by the acclaimed Full Metal Jacket. Coming as later work, this film perhaps is not among his most admired, but it ages unbelievably well and is a masterpiece imho.

This film had a grounded realism that was missing from the more fantastical but no less significant Apocalypse Now. An interesting film and literary exercise might be to compare and contrast these two great films for their respective artistic point from the perspective of their creators.