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.
This surely increased my understanding on how complex Apocalypse Now is. One part of it is the movie itself – the final product and its further influence, but as amazing are the mental & physical challenges Coppola & and his team had to overcome to make this idea come true. Thus this documentary becomes good additional material to the movie which simply mesmerizes the viewer and invites to find out more and more
I think the real moral of this film is to always go forward: even if you fuck up, even if you strive for something that is way bigger than what you can achieve, even if it seems that life refuses all of the chances you take... the only thing to do is to go forward.
A thoroughly enjoyable and well told documentary about the making of a crazy film. I definitely enjoyed this more than the movie itself, and appreciated the insight into the movie. This reminds me a lot of Burdens of Dreams and achieves much the same thing in a very different context.
A fascinating insiders' portrait of Apocalypse Now that it seems amazing even exists, thanks to Coppola's wife Eleanor secretly filming him going 'slowly crazy'... It shows how while a film of this scale and openness needs a visionary director, their role is as just one part of a team pulling it in many directions. And then there's 'fate' - weather, sickness, the temperament of actors... Who'd be a director!
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.