Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems—nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
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The irony is that alleged 'spectacular failures' can be the greatest of critical successes. 'Apocalypse Now' is rightfully considered a masterpiece, regardless of the litany of issues on set. When a director aims so high, it is impossible to achieve every goal of the vision, but the potency of the Conrad adaptation is without question. Along 'Lost in La Mancha', HoD: AFA remains indispensable for aspiring filmmakers.
Fascinating documentary that heightens the enjoyment of its subject matter all the more. The audio of the hotel room scene with Martin Sheen explaining what was happening beyond the scene was heartbreaking. I also loved how everyone interviewed almost acts like they're in witness protection, especially Sam Bottoms.
"My - my film is not a movie. My film is not a- a - about Vietnam. -- It is Vietnam. It's what it was really like. It was crazy. And the way we made it was very much like the way the Americans were in Vietnam. We were in the jungle. There were too many of us. We had access to too many-- a - too much money. Too much equipment. And little by little we went insane."
-Francis Ford Coppola
Brilliant insight into Coppola, Apocalypse Now, the crew, the actors and the pressure or film making.
Loved that this film is from Eleanor's perspective. It is a beautiful story of a lady seeing her fella at his best and at his most vulnerable. I loved the way she captured such intimate moments. Great movie.
So Marlon Brando was kinda a dick huh? Don't get me wrong he was perfect for the part, but jeez he didn't lose weight like he said he would, he didn't want to change any scheduling, he couldn't even read a simple book. Instead he wants to discuss what Coppola wants...and get paid for it.
The brilliant and uncanny making of "Apocalypse Now", told through intimate photography by the director's wife, interviews ten years post, and hidden recordings of a young, stressed, famous auteur on the edge of losing everything, including his mind. Arguably the greatest film ever assembled about the pressures and insecurities of movie-making.
I dont know if it was just me, but since I knew a large bit of the information presented I found it surely informative, but not really worth it as a seperate film altogether. Surely the better of 'special feature'-like making of's. But, certainly not life changing.