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Hearts of Darkness - A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Francis Ford Coppola  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XECFXS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hearts of Darkness - A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" on IMDb

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  • Coda: Thirty Years Later - A brand new documentary seen here for the first time

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse is an engrossing, unwavering look back at Francis Ford Coppola’s chaotic, catastrophe-plagued Vietnam production, Apocalypse Now. Filled with juicy gossip and a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the stressful world of moviemaking, the documentary mixes on-location home movies shot in the Philippines by Eleanor Coppola, the director’s wife, with revealing interviews with the cast and crew, shot 10 years later.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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HEARTS OF DARKNESS is one of the few documentaries on film making where you get to see a true artistic process. After watching this, you will find nearly all "Making of..." pieces found on DVDs for what they really are: marketing fluff. As a result, I eagerly watched HEARTS OF DARKNESS on DVD after last seeing it more than 10 years ago. I was very nervous that Coppola would be releasing a butchered form of the documentary. After all, he bares his soul in a way that few real artists do in public -- the picture of him holding a gun to his head (and not all in fun) is pretty intense stuff.

I am happy to report that the whole film is here, there doesn't appear to any cuts and the run time (96 minutes) matches that of the official times listed on the Internet. Thank you, Francis!

Now to the DVD extra, an hour-long documentary called CODA: THIRTY YEARS LATER. It's this new documentary (40% of the total DVD content!) which explains why Coppola is finally re-releasing HOD. The title "CODA" it misleading (especially in this context) because CODA has nothing to do with Apocalypse Now. Rather it is a documentary on Coppola's newest film YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH. Perhaps because YWY looks to be an essential parlor piece with lots of dialog, CODA is, unfortunately, tedious. In fact, YWY has not yet been given a wide release in the US, so what we really have here is a (you guessed it) "Making of..." film for marketing purposes. Sure, it would have made a great extra on the YWY DVD, but it is a huge letdown after HEARTS OF DARKNESS. In fact, CODA didn't leave me wanting to see YWY and initial professional reviews reveal that the film itself is a letdown.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD is different than original release March 5, 2010
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HEARTS OF DARKNESS is not only a great documentary, it is perhaps one of the best ever made. It is up there with CRUMB, THE THIN BLUE LINE, WOODSTOCK, MY BEST FIEND, and GREY GARDENS. However, a few changes have been made to the DVD version of the film. The songs "Suzie Q" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" have been replaced with some corny, cheap imitations--to save money, I suppose. Likewise, in one scene in the original version of the film, Francis Ford Coppola serenades a little girl sitting on his lap--the song? "Anything Goes." In the DVD version of the film, Coppola's singing has been removed, which makes the footage pointless. I don't know if the song was removed because of the potentially immoral implications, or due to more fees for the rights to the song "Anything Goes." Either way, I feel that someone has messed with a masterpiece. Of course the film is still great and should not be missed. Perhaps you have to have seen the original as many times as I have to notice these changes. I only hope I encounter no more changes as I resume watching the film. (I hope someone has not removed The Doors' "The End" and replaced it with something "similar.")
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Destroying professionalism and making it an art form. This is some of the wisdom from Francis Ford Coppola on this documentary made by his wife Eleanor on the making of his film, the godfather of Coppola films in my opinion, Apocalypse Now - The Complete Dossier (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)

The interesting thing about Apocalypse Now is that with probably over 1,000 reviews here on Amazon counting the different versions you could probably get a different interpretation for each review. It's so good and so deep and has so many metaphors that it could mean any number of different things for viewers and nobody would be wrong.

I'm not going to try to analyze this documentary however because you have the people involved with this masterpiece giving their own perspectives on the doc. What I will do is list some things I found interesting in hopes of generating some curiosity for people to see this fascinating work. It made me want to see the film again and read the book Heart of Darkness (Norton Critical Editions) and if you haven't seen Apocalypse Now, as a film lover I envy you.

- Harvey Keitel was originally cast to play Capt. Willard and was fired and replaced for Martin Sheen.

- The part in the hotel room where Capt. Willard is spiraling out of control was just as much Sheen. It was his 36th birthday he was drunk and actually punched and broke the glass mirror and broke down.

- Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack while filming and was actually given his last rights, halting filming for a couple of months.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep into the darkness of film and man October 24, 2007
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It took a lot of guts on the part of the Coppola family to release this documentary in the first place. Not many people would make public filmed footage of a family's patriarch losing his mind and coming dangerously close to total mental meltdown while making a movie. And in this case we are talking about a highly respected and honored director.

Francis Ford Coppola's descent into madness during the plagued filming of "Apocalypse Now" wasn't entirely the fault of the Philippines Army, horrific weather, Martin Sheen's heart attack during filming, or Marlon Brando's prima donna attitude. It wasn't just the rampant use of pop drugs on the set. Much of the trouble, including the lack of a cohesive script, falls directly on the shoulders of the director. And "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," shot by the director's wife, Eleanor Coppola, and released 12 years after the original movie, never turns away from the truth. It is a fascinating account of how everything went wrong and still a remarkable film ascended from the madness.

Anyone who believes FF Coppola either botched or somehow missed great opportunity with the compound segment of the film can upon viewing this begin to understand how chaos during those dark days on the set in the late 1970s led to the final outcome. The director said, his film isn't about Vietnam; it is Vietnam. That statement is somewhat validated with this documentary.

It is amazing that such a powerful piece of filmmaking could come out of such a calamity. But, flaws and all, it is among the best films produced out of Hollywood. And this companion piece is a vital part of the story. It is a MUST SEE for fans of "Apocalypse Now." It is engrossing for all.

The late coming DVD release (November 2007) reportedly includes an update piece ("CODA: Thirty Years Later") that is most welcome. It's icing. Buy this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a must for...
...film doc fans. one of my all time favorite docs. happy to finally add this one to my collection. ordered and received with no problem.
Published 1 month ago by gd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great behind the scenes of everything that went wrong while making one of the most thrilling novies of its time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Landau
4.0 out of 5 stars Headline
Great info about one of the best movies ever made. One two three four five six seven eight nine ten.
Published 5 months ago by Philip Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome documentry about a defining film
An opportunity to understand the making of film, especially under difficult conditions
In the end,Apocalypse Now had a better chance of not being made, given the problems
Published 7 months ago by Yachtboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Doc
Just as great as Apocalypse Now! Love it, A must see story about an epic film with an epic production.
Published 8 months ago by Meghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearts of Darkness
I had ordered this as a birthday gift for my husband, in addition to the other stuff I found for him. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Linda Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting
Pretty cool to see the how the film came together. Love the anger at the government taking the helicopters away.
Published 10 months ago by zootermop
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing for any fan of Apocalypse Now...
This is a fascinating documentary and a fitting footnote to Coppola's mesmerising Apocalypse Now - still the most ambitious (and possibly the greatest) war movie ever made, flawed... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. P. S. Rapaport
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Doc
I enjoyed this documentary. The behind the scenes craziness, drunkeness, frustration and the small amount of time which proved Marlon Brando was larger than life, was all caught... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Boogie
5.0 out of 5 stars I became a documentarian because of this film.
After seeing this film, I literally changed career paths from narrative to documentary filmmaking.

It's authenticity and depth is unmatched by many other documentaries,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kilgore Trout
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