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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, explores how one of the most epic war movies ever made. Apocalypse Now is a 1979 film directed by Francis ford Coppola about the brutal and often strange happenings during a fictional yet technically accurate dramatisation of the Vietnam War in 1969. The film follows Captain Benjamin L. Willard, a veteran U.S. Army special operations (played by Martin Sheen) as he is assigned his latest mission from high command; to kill the highly decorated Cornel Kurts (played my Marlon Brando) who has gone insane and created his own cult world out in the jungle. 

 

The Main source of the story behind Apocalypse Now can be found in a novel by Joseph Conrad Novell called Heart of Darkness which is where the title of this documentary comes from. The documentary shows how tough it was for the crew filming out in the jungle because of weather conditions and the terrain itself among many other things. The set backs almost meant that the film was never made because it got to a point where making Apocalypse Now was taking too much of a toll on Francis Ford Coppola heath which would have no doubt have destroyed his career. 

 

Eleanor Coppola, the wife of Francis narrates Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse to give a unique insight into the pressures of making and epic movie like this which ultimately meant the documentary won many awards including the National Board of Review, USA award for "Best Documentary” in 1991. It was first shown to the public at the Cannes Film festival back in 1991 to almost complete appraisal and even today, more than 25 years later it is still considered to be one of the best documentaries of all time.

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