Friday, 2 December 2011

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse,1991,USA
Director:Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper
Stars:Francis Ford Coppola,Martin Sheen and Dennis Hopper

"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"

"My movie is not about Vietnam... my movie is Vietnam."" There were too many of us, we had access to too much equipment, too much money, and little by little we went insane. "- Francis Ford Coppola

The tales of what happened behind the scenes of arguably the greatest film of all time "Apocalypse Now" have become the stuff of legends,from a typhoon destroying the films set,to star Martin Sheens heart attack,the hassle of Marlon Brando and an extraordinary long shoot.Heart Of Darkness is a brutally honest documentary chronicling all the events and struggles that took place behind the scenes,We get a look the painfully stressful life of a filmmaker with Francis Ford Coppola,Riding on the success and acclaim of the two Godfather films we see Coppola tackle this tale of madness in Vietnam,In what was supposed to be a 16 week shoot stretched out to three years and went wildly over budget putting the lives of Coppola and his family at risk.

Heart Of Darkness features archive footage from the set of Apocalypse Now shot by Coppola's wife Elanor as we get to see some very revealing scenes along with interviews from stars including Martin Sheen,Robert Duvall and a very drugged up Dennis Hopper.One of the many interesting moments in the film is the scenes which show Coppola trying to deal with Marlon Brando,At this point in his career Brando was recognized as one of the greatest actors alive,but on the set of Apocalypse Now he was less than professional causing major problems and headaches for Copploa and everyone involved in the film

Apocalypse Now is my third favorite film of all time so i really appreciated and loved Hearts Of Darkness,Its honest and revealing and its quite amazing to see what the cast,crew and especially Coppola went though to get this film made,Its hard to imagine a fan of Apocalypse Now not enjoying or appreciating Hearts Of Darkness.

Tom: 4/4

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