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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.
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,…
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…
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"This is the way the fucking world ends."
I read Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness just a few months ago and, despite being the most difficult story I've ever read, it was also one of the most fascinating. Conrad's story was the main inspiration for Apocalypse Now and, although some circumstances between the two are different, the main gist of the two are the same: one man's obsessive journey into the heart of evil.
Apocalypse Now is one of my dad's favorite films (it might just be his favorite) and he often tells me of the first time he experienced the film: opening night at the Cinerama…
"Saigon....shit. I'm still only in Saigon."
Never ceases to amaze me. Coppola takes you on a journey of unimaginable dichotomy in humanity. It is the struggle between pacifism and blood thirst that runs deep in this journey. It's a head trip of inhuman violence and the inhuman paths that madness takes you. The visceral authority with the camera thunders down a definitive adventure in madness, throwing the characters from one exotic encounter to the next, yet the numbing confusion of war is always present. War is hell and hell is war. It is a test of sanity, will power and a divide in dignity of self. You see it on Willard's face in every scene. I had forgotten just how…
This film, much like the novella it is based on, challenges the nature of humanity itself.
Conrad's novella explores our moral ambiguity in a setting of colonial oppression. Its main character Marlow enters a world of lawless confusion, created and perpetuated by the enigmatic Kurtz who defies rules and logical thinking. Marlow is forced to choose between these two worlds in which there is no right choice to make. Moral standards or social values are not relevant in judging evil and if they are, how can insanity be classified in an insane world?
Coppola's film manages to capture that criticism of man's incessant need to dominate and unavoidable need for social structure and moral guidance. There are a couple of…
I find myself torn between Come and See and the audaciously brilliant Apocalpyse Now as my favourite war movie and this rewatch on the magnificent Blu-Ray transfer certainly didn't help my cause in trying to decide. Francis Ford Coppola is something of a genius and his movie-making period in the 70's, ranging from The Godfather, Part I to this is impeccable. The legendary director is loved both by mainstream audiences and the critical community and he is without a doubt one of the most important voices of the artistic side in film history. The impact of Apocalypse Now is undeniable, it hits where it needs to hit and it hits at the force of a squadron of Apache helicopters. The…
This was my first time viewing "Apocalypse Now" and I gotta say, it was surprising to me that such a 'big name' movie wasn't spoiled by having 30+ years to sit and stew and become integrated into our pop culture. I didn't really know what to expect, only 2 lines of dialogue were recognizable quotes for me.
So anyways war is crazy, so crazy so chaotic it makes you ask yourself how was this made and I barely recognized Lawrence Fishburne.
ok, esto si fue una obra maestra... planos + sonidos + luces + guión + historia + buenas actuaciones. Todo apunta a la perfección cinematográfica
3 horas de magia
To put it simply, Apocalypse Now is one of the best movies you'll ever see.
Francis Ford Coppola stuns us yet again with his hellish, horrifyingly brutal war story up a River in Vietnam. The story follows Captain Willard on his journey to kill a man named Kuntz— a highly decorated American soldier-turned-tribal slaveleader.
The film is far more than a trip upriver, but rather a trip into the depths of Hell. It is a horrifyingly violent and disturbing portrait of war that feels all too real. It is a dark, chaotic, full-throttle, sensory overload with hallucinogenic qualities.
The film is a study of the theater's gruesome effects on humanity, and the way in which we react to them.
This is probably really poorly written, but I just can't get all my thoughts about this movie on paper— that's how unbelievably AMAZING it was.
Apocalypse Now is ranked No. 7, bumping Being There from the Top 100.
Watching for the next Instomatic.
Such a brilliant Vietnam movie
Well this finally concludes my Vietnam War retrospective and I’m finishing with one of the greats. (For the record I ultimately went with the original, non-Redux version this time) I've not a lot to add to the vast body of discussion surrounding Coppola's classic war epic, but there are scenes in here that are so iconic that in my mind, they are synonymous with film itself. It’s a long film and there are many scenes that push your limits of patience but they are integral to Coppola’s vision of this descent to insanity. It makes me kick myself for not being more literate to have still never read Heart of Darkness to have the source novel as context. (I fully…
1979's Apocalypse Now Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because It Just Turned 34 Years Old Last Year In 2013.
The river Styx
One of the most atmospheric movies I have ever seen (and maybe will ever see), Apocalypse Now will visually stun, fully engage, and grossly captivate all who watch it.
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