Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Francis Ford Coppola - 1979 - Apocalypse Now



Apocalypse Now Wikipedia Movie Description:

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic war film set during the Vietnam War. The plot revolves around two US Army special operations officers, one of whom, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) of MACV-SOG, is sent into the jungle to assassinate the other, the rogue and presumably insane Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) of Special Forces. The film was produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script by Coppola and John Milius. The script is based on Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness, and also draws elements from Michael Herr's Dispatches, the film version of Conrad's Lord Jim (which shares the same character of Marlow with Heart of Darkness), and Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972).

The film became notorious in the entertainment press due to its lengthy and troubled production, as documented in Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Marlon Brando showed up to the set overweight and Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack. The production was also beset by extreme weather that destroyed several expensive sets. In addition, the release date of the film was delayed several times as Coppola struggled to come up with an ending and to edit the millions of feet of footage that he had shot.

The film won the Cannes Palme d'Or and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.



Directed: Francis Ford Coppola
Produced: Francis Ford Coppola, Kim Aubry
Written by Novella: Joseph Conrad
Screenplay: John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola
Narration: Martin Sheen
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Aurore Clement, Christian Marquand
Music: Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro
Editing: Walter Murch

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