Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Film Trailers: APOCALYPSE NOW
Wednesday's film trailers is quite simply one of the best films ever made. Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, delves into the madness that was the Vietnam War. The horror, sacrifice and despair that accompanied these soldiers is on display here in full effect. The film contains beautiful, intense acting from Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall, amongst others. The film has a basis and structure from Joseph Conrad's masterful book "Heart of Darkness" with a setting in Vietnam. A Captain (Sheen) is to go up river into Cambodia, find and kill a General (Brando) who has lost his mind, supposedly, and has control over a local tribe. The film is almost as perfect as films get with honest,graphic violence and depictions of the terrors of war and unforgettable toll war had on these men that fought in it. The film contains one of more brilliant opening sequences with The Doors "The End" playing while we see a tree line get blown up and Sheen's character go through the trauma of life and war. Also, a film was to be directed by George Lucas with "Heart of Darkness" being that structure, shot in 16mm documentary fashion but Coppola ended up making this film and turned out a true masterpiece of cinema. Enjoy and watch the documentary on the filmmaking and production of the film called Hearts of Darkness and see how hard, crazy and insane the production was on Apocalypse Now. It is amazing the film got finished at all.