Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

Director Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper & Eleanor Coppola
Rated M
Score 5/6

A documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems–nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Alright, it took some searching, but I found this one and its time to knock another movie off the suggested movie review list. I find it a little hard to write a review for a documentary, so I suppose that’s why there are so few reviews for documentaries on the movie boards.
Given the cultural and critical impact of Apocalypse now it really is kind of interesting having a look at how difficult it was to bring the movie to the big screen in that it seemed to be an exercise in insanity and doing the impossible and its amazing that Ford Coppola didn’t have a heart attack during production.
I will admit that at time while watching Heart of Darkness I found my mind wondering a couple of times so I ended having to rewind the movie a couple of times back to where I wondered off the trail. This was an interesting movie to watching learning Ford Coppola was not the first person who tried to adapt Joseph Conrad’s novella into a movie, Ford Coppola’s opinion of his movie at the time, the fact that seemingly anything that could go wrong did, how it seemed to be a herculean effort to deal with Marlon Brando and that when Ford Coppola said of Apocalypse Now ‘My movie is not about Vietnam… my movie is Vietnam’ judging by his experiences during production he wasn’t just talking about the plot.

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