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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…
Between the stunning visuals, the pyro gone unabashedly wild, the characters like Kilgore who deliver epic lines like "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" to the tune of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries! I found I was completely overcome by the relentless onslaught of Francis Ford Coppola's vision to the point of curling up in the fetal position due to a severe case of sensory overload!
Vibrant, shadowy, methodical, and brilliantly insane; Apocalypse Now might just be the finest film from Francis Ford Coppola's filmography. It is a cinematic experience like none other; a journey into the heart of the human soul, with darkness and depravity lurking in every pitch-black corner.
The direction by Francis Ford Coppola is genius. With a variety of textured close-ups, wide and grand battle shots, and stunning moments of beauty; Coppola crafts a slow and subtle film that is easy to get lost in.
The cinematography by Vittorio Storaro is the finest ever committed to film. No exaggeration, no hyperbole; there is no finer accomplishment in the history of film when it comes to cinematography. The lush green and orange hues,…
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…
Film #30 of Eighty-Eight Favorites
"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…
L'occhio di Apocalypse Now guarda dentro l'antro oscuro scavato dalla guerra nel cuore dell'uomo. Film enorme, puro distillato di perfezione
Le nuove scene di Apocalypse Now - Redux appesantiscono un film già pregno. Altrove sarebbero memorabili, qui ribadiscono ciò che si sa già.
Seeing it on the big screen was a great experience, it did the visuals justice.
Great cinematography, admiral creative vision with a few of the best filmic sequences I have seen, but a poor script, no emotional involvement with the main character and a structure which I didn't feel took full advantage of the story left me feeling underwhelmed.
well, it's not heart of darkness is it?
This movie was an odd experience for me. I can’t say anything bad about it. I recognize it as a masterpiece, and I fest it was a very beautiful film. Everything worked together from the score to the cinematography to the performances. It should be on top of the list. However, I was very uninterested in it. Maybe it is because I’m not too keen on war films. It felt like more than just a normal war film, though. I feel my reasoning for my disinterest was the length. Any movie that is 2 and a half hours has to be really interesting for me to be invested in it, such as Pulp Fiction or Mulholland Drive. This is not to say I feel the movie should be shortened, pretty much everything in the movie deserved to be there. I feel my opinion of the movie will shift radically if I watch it again, in a good way.
Incredibly realistic take on the Vietnam war right up until the oddness that awaits at the end of the river.
Yet another film that I've put off for ages by thinking I wouldn't like it. I really shouldn't trust my own pre-conceptions at times like this!
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