Apocalypse Now – The 1970′s was ten years of Coppola. He was involved in a succession of masterful films as Patton screenwriter, producer of American Graffiti, director of the first two Godfather films and The Conversation, and finally, in 1979 as the real author of “Apocalypse Now.” Lights out time, and now we can see that Apocalypse Now is not simply the best film out of the Vietnam experience, but one of the great works on the madness of our time. Immediately following the morning screening an initial portion of “Apocalypse Now” in Cannes with a press conference that began by saying: “My film is not about Vietnam, is Vietnam” and went on to say that during the filming “little little that was “crazy. How brave and prophetic it was.
Coppola had the heart of darkness, enigmatic story of Joseph Conrad about the cruelty of colonialism, and turned it into a 20-century fable about neo-colonialism in which eminently sane narrator of the story, Marlow becomes Captain Willard, the Special Rapporteur Hitman Services, as crazy as his quarry assigned, Colonel Kurtz. The difference is that unlike the others around you, from the top down, Willard knows he’s crazy. Everything about the Taliban, Al Qaeda, the pressures that led us to Afghanistan and Iraq, the assault on Abbottabad and deadly problems that lie ahead are here in Willard trip. It is a work of genius who may falter a bit towards the end, though not fatally. This new version released is more or less the one shown at Cannes and is final. The half-hour of material introduced 10 years ago in Apocalypse Now Redux is of no value, decreases the film and want to avoid.