Apocalypse Now

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(out of 5)


Fascinating, colourful and completely disturbing adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness, featuring some of the best camera work of the seventies by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Director Francis Ford Coppola moves the original period and setting of the novel to the Vietnam war, with  taking a long trip down a river to find an army leader () who has cut himself off from regular communication with his base commanders. Brando doesn’t show up until the end of the film, but when he does he gives a bone-chilling performance, as does  as a gung ho captain who very famously loves the smell of napalm in the morning. Once you’ve watched this brilliant film, go and rent Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper and Eleanor Coppola’s excellent documentary Hearts of Darkness for a great look at the making of one of the most plagued film shoots in movie history. A four hour cut of the film won the Palme D’Or at Cannes as a work in progress (and the “Redux” version is now available for viewing).


Zoetrope Studios

USA, 1979

Directed by

Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, , narration by , based on the novel Heart of Darkness by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by Francis Ford Coppola

Music by , Francis Ford Coppola

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , ,

Academy Awards 1979

Cannes Film Festival 1979

Golden Globe Awards 1979

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