A short documentary narrated by Chas Gerritsen who was the still photographer on "Apocalypse Now", backdropped by his photos from that film set - most of which have never been displayed before. It's pretty cool and certainly very interesting. He's a weird cat and he says as much in the interview. Very anti-social but with an interest in human behavior. The photos are breathtakingly beautiful as well. Amazing work.
This down-to-earth homage to one of the most prolific photographers in film history lacks dynamism and, unless you're really into photography and film, fails at times to grab your attention completely. The notable, low-budget component and the interview format make a dense documentary that displays an incredible gallery of unearthed pictures of the crew and cast of Apocalypse Now, ultimately saving the day.
More of a teaser for the photo gallery or an upcoming photo book than anything else. This document does not reveal much about the photographer nor the making of Apocalypse Now. Fans of the film will likely find some of the images interesting, for anyone else this might turn out to be a case of a mild snore-fest.
Goed documentaire, alleen jammer dat het zo kort is en dat de draad van de verhaal niet meer bewerkt en uitgebreid wordt. Vraag mij af of veel mensen weten dat Chas Gerretsen een van de set fotografen van zo een epic film is geweest. Ik wiste het niet. In iedere geval, de documentaire hoort gezien te worden voor de genialiteit van de prachtige beelden van Gerretsen.
Doesn't really add anything to the Apocalypse Now mythos but it'll make a great special feature one day. Found Gerretsen's experience prior to entering cinema more interesting than standard set goss (all of which I'm sure is covered in Hearts Of Darkness). But oh wow there are some truly gorgeous BTS photos in this. I always forget how beautiful the lighting is in Apocalypse Now.
Interesting doc but felt rushed and thrown together. A longer running time would not have hurt, allowing some space to further tell the story and the profile of Gerretsen himself, who I think is represented quite superficially here, [or maybe it was just a hastily put together cash-in, riding on a sure-fire movie subject/myth.] Either way, I came away wanting to know a bit more about his personal story.
Enquanto mero adendo aos conturbados bastidores do filmaço coppoliano, este filme não se sustentaria. Porém, o fotógrafo em pauta é mais que um retratista de 'making-of': possui uma trajetória mui elogiável enquanto correspondente de guerra, captou aspectos sub-reptícios em meio às filmagens, que rendem excelentes imagens inéditas e contribuições depoimentais dignas de nota. Vale a pena conferir, portanto! (WPC>)
The story of Chas Gerretsen's participation in the legendary production of Francis Henry Ford's CONRAD IN FAKE FILIPINO VIETNAM is no doubt an interesting one, as I suspect is that of his life & times more generally. DUTCH ANGLE is a chintzy thirty-two minute advertisement for an art exhibition. As an interview subject, the artist strikes us as a fellow who could likely stand up to weeks of torture without squealing.
It's hard to resist the sheer blend of the film-making mythology with the archetypal human types that make 'Apocalypse Now' a superlative film. Here, the director maintains a proper balance between Gerretsen's sombre viewpoint on life, on the major protagonists of the film and the excellent stills, which capture the spirit and substance of this psychedelic trip to the human psyche. Nicely poised and very modest film.