As the US Army sinks deeper into the Vietnam War, attempting to dig out the Vietcong from an impenetrable jungle, one officer, Captain Willard, is sent on a mission by the Special Forces to locate and liquidate Colonel Kurtz, an ex-Green Beret who cruelly rules over a primitive “mountain people,” trenched in at the Cambodian border. –Cannes Film Festival
He was born in 1939 in Detroit, USA, but he grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father was a composer and musician Carmine Coppola. His mother had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University, and did graduate work at UCLA in filmmaking. He was training as assistant with filmmaker Roger Corman, working in such capacities as soundman, dialogue director, associate producer and, eventually, director of Dementia 13 (1963), Coppola’s first feature film. During the next four years, Coppola was involved in a variety of script collaborations, including writing an adaptation of This Property is Condemned, by Tennessee Williams (with Fred Coe and Edith Sommer), and screenplays for Is Paris Burning?, and Patton, the film for which Coppola won a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award. In 1966, Coppola’s 2nd film brought him critical acclaim and a Master of Fine Arts degree. In 1969, Coppola and George… read more
The concept of "going down the river" is the (physical) merging of story, what was going on in the characters minds and also what was happening behind the cameras: heading for an unknown destination, with uncertain goals, carried by outer forces that makes them vulnerable and susceptible to chaos. If "every film is a documentary of its own making" like Rivette once said, this is one of its most accomplished examples
- even its surreal touches materializes the state of dystopian dizziness that characters and creators were in on this Freudian quest for the inner self. On the other hand, like the water that flows down the river, all this confusion is carried with great cohesion - even with all of its constant ellipsis, it is a very linear film. It is needed to say that i'm referring to the original cut, since the "Redux" version not only cuts the flow but also breaks down the narrative line: the extended surfing scene, where they steal kilgore's board inserts a comic element that's completely out of the context, specially for willard; the playboy bunnies aftermath does something similar, but also breaks the tension that's beggining to grow (and since its extremely long, also destroys the pacing); the french mansion, although being an interesting idea of something dreamlike, as if they were arriving at an aleatory state of mind and time, its excruciatingly long and terribly inserted (in the original cut, the fog that they get in and out does more or less the same job in a matter of three shots). In other words, the "Redux" version serves just as a curiosity.
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