This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
This is the end...
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.
“Someday this war’s gonna end.”
Chills. When that serene green landscape with those beautiful palm trees and the curling yellow fumes bursts into flame, when the beat drops and that voice begins to sing this is the end, I felt chills run up and down my spine. This was going to be something great. I could feel it in my bones.
What do you get when you give a brilliant, hubristic mind the freedom to make whatever the fuck he likes, however he likes? What do you get after two of the most beautiful films ever made, two films that managed to marry art and commercial success in a way that so few had managed to achieve on such a…
This an example of film making at its finest. Honestly, I don't know a whole lot about the infamous production of Apocalypse Now, other than the fact that it was awful; and yet, the way the film is crafted and put together is so incredible. The troubled production probably increased the hysteria and darkness that the film conveys as it journeys into the dark hearts of men and their desires.
The film has a simple premise, US Army Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) is ordered on a covert mission into Cambodia to assassinate a Green Beret, Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone insane and set himself up as a god among the local native tribe. It's an accessible premise,…
The rain patters deliberately. It's trying. It's trying real hard to cool off the world, but to no avail. The endless sweat parading down the faces of the losing minds and the tired souls only enhances the fever dreams and the sights of the figures within the shadows. The greatest cinematographic achievement of all time.
Spellbinding, haunting, unsettling, harrowing, visionary, hypnotic, artistic, hallucinatory & completely bizarre, Apocalypse Now is a unique cinema which, in its pursuit of portraying the dark nature of human psyche, ventured so deep into the abyss that it itself transformed into possibly the most insane piece of cinematic art there ever has been in motion picture history. Notable for its well-documented troubled production, the traumatic experience of which evidently seeped into the final product, and also succeeding as the most potent & powerful inspection of the horrors of war captured on-screen, each & every frame of Apocalypse Now has madness written all over it and yet there is no denying that it is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest films…
Art imitates life, so the saying goes, yet in the case of Apocalypse Now with its tortured and maddening production, life imitated art. The film’s problematic production is almost as legendary as the film itself yet this difficult development seeps into every frame. It is hard to imagine that the film would have so brilliantly captured the feverish descent into darkness if the making of the film had been such an effortless experience. It brilliantly depicts the hallucinatory hell of war because it was hell for those involved in its creation.
It is hard to imagine a film like this was made in the first place. A big budget movie with an impressive star cast that is more dreamy and…
A haunting dream that emerged from the ruins of a gruelling movie shoot, Apocalypse Now is a film with genuine sweat dripping from its brow and nausea, disorientation, and lunacy that couldn’t be more real. It’s a film that translates so many truths about the horrors of war into a simple, linear journey upstream, with each set piece adding to its message about the subjectivity of savagery and madness.
It is through the eyes of the already damaged Captain Willard that we are privy to the irreversible effect of being exposed to all-out war. He is a soldier who has become institutionalized and, like a prisoner who has forgotten how to function in the outside world, he craves the jungle…
Just like the people in the film, you don't come out of this film the same person.
"One of the great films of all time. It shames modern Hollywood's timidity. To watch it is to feel yourself lifted up to the heights where the cinema can take you, but so rarely does." - Roger Ebert
Damit ist "Apocalypse Now" eigentlich ganz gut beschrieben, sobald sich ein solches Kunstwerk überhaupt beschreiben lassen kann.
"Apocalypse Now" ist der beste Vietnamfilm, der beste Antikriegsfilm und einer der besten Filme überhaupt die ich je gesehen habe.
Ich habe die Redux Version gesehen und fand auch die (zuvor) Deleted-Scenes großartig. Sie schweifen zwar etwas von der Grundhandlung ab, aber das bildet den Chaos des Krieges doch ganz gut ab.
Der absolut chaotische Dreh hat den Film wahrscheinlich wohl auch noch besser gemacht.…
A Very Faithful yet Unique rendition of Heart of Darkness.
the world is shit, everything is inexplicable death-chaos, and a primeval goat-god is gonna turn our dimension inside out like a paper bag and make everything go away
Oh we got off that boat
A lotta killin' and dyin'
And no one seems to care
I ask what for now
We say hell no
And I ask what for
Why me, why war?
And I spent my time there by the shore
One of those movies that I am not sure what to make of, even though I recognize its an incredible piece of movie making, even if it was one of the more legendary on set disasters. It's Coppela in the 70's, its all texture. This is what Coppela off the leash really looks like. I did like the fact that this was a war movie that has absolutely no interest in war. It's an adaption of 'Heart of Darkness' which is an allegory, which this movie is as well and you can read it any way you want, but for me you could have set this movie on any river and the outcome would be the same.
But I have…
Completely and utterly nuts, as it should be... as the war was, and eventually, as the soldiers were. It's phenomenal filmmaking, it doesn't sugarcoat, and it doesn't talk down to anyone.
Just watched the 200min Redux Version and it was fucking awesome.
The making of Apocalypse Now nearly drove all those involved mad, indeed the documentary Hearts Of Darkness proves as much, but in taking a journey to the dark side Coppola and Co accomplished something truly marvelous. As Dennis Hopper says of Kurtz “The man is clear in his mind but his soul is mad” the power of the film has the ability to do the same to the viewer. Indeed by the climax Kurtz has become the sacrificial cow that can end the madness, or is it simply to let the insanity reign? Either way Apocalypse Now is a film that will go down in cinematic canon as one of the greatest films ever made.
Full review at FilmJuice.com
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