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Apocalypse Now VHS
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In the tradition of such obsessively driven directors as Erich von Stroheim and Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola approached the production of Apocalypse Now as if it were his own epic mission into the heart of darkness. On location in the storm-ravaged Philippines, he quite literally went mad as the project threatened to devour him in a vortex of creative despair, but from this insanity came one of the greatest films ever made. It began as a John Milius screenplay, transposing Joseph Conrad's classic story "Heart of Darkness" into the horrors of the Vietnam War, following a battle-weary Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) on a secret upriver mission to find and execute the renegade Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has reverted to a state of murderous and mystical insanity. The journey is fraught with danger involving wartime action on epic and intimate scales. One measure of the film's awesome visceral impact is the number of sequences, images, and lines of dialogue that have literally burned themselves into our cinematic consciousness, from the Wagnerian strike of helicopter gunships on a Vietnamese village to the brutal murder of stowaways on a peasant sampan and the unflinching fearlessness of the surfing warrior Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), who speaks lovingly of "the smell of napalm in the morning." Like Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God, this film is the product of genius cast into a pit of hell and emerging, phoenix-like, in triumph. Coppola's obsession (effectively detailed in the riveting documentary Hearts of Darkness, directed by Coppola's wife, Eleanor) informs every scene and every frame, and the result is a film for the ages. --Jeff Shannon
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Anyway I never forgotten the name of this movie so I browsed around the old web and finally found it. And I've never been happier in my whole life.
it has love, violence, humor, sex, action, good actors and actresses, good story. It really tells a good story of what it is like being in a war zone, keeping your sanity or going insane. What I like also is all of these themes are not overused. Each one has the right balance.
It's a movie I could watch again.
These questions and more are answered in this greatly expanded version of what's now my favorite movie. Alot has been made of how much the French Plantation Scene slows down the action. But I find it analogous to the Night Music in Stavinsky's Rite of Spring: after all the violence and discord you get a few minutes of breathing space before the insanity starts again. I speak French so maybe it's easier for me to relate to what's going
Unfortunately, not much can be done with the bizarre and incoherent last 20 minutes( the included deleted scenes at least show us what happended to the Photo-journalist and Colby and even give us the very interesting Monkey Sampan). But getting there has been maded so much more enjoyhable.
Anyway, this is a considerable improvement on an already great movie. Now, if they'd just bring it out in Blu-ray.
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