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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse [1991] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne
  • Directors: Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Marlon Brando
  • Writers: John Milius
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DFOMCS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,187 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Francis Ford Coppola began to film 'Apocalypse Now' in February 1976. After 238 days in the jungle, filming was complete and millions of dollars had been spent (Marlon Brando was on set for three weeks at a million dollars a week). Actors had been replaced (Harvey Keitel by Martin Sheen). They had all gone a bit insane (according to Coppola) and the whole thing was documented on film by his wife, Eleanor.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2012
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Maybe the best film about the making of a film ever.

Funny, frightening, informative, sad and triumphant, it fully
captures the madness of creating one of the great epic films
of the last 50 years.

It also offers insight into how much of art is accidental or discovered
instead of planned.

If you are interested in film, the artistic process, Francis Coppola or
anything else about 'Apocalypse Now' this is a must see.

Indeed, it's pretty much a must see for anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
In 1976, Margot Kidder was hired to make a promotional documentary for The Missouri Breaks. Rather naively, the final cut included footage of horses being doped, the stars arguing with the director, the director arguing with the producer and sundry members of cast and crew indulging in recreational pharmaceuticals. The United Artists executives were mortified and promptly locked it away in their deepest vault. Nothing she could have filmed can compare to what is on view in Hearts of Darkness.

Edited out of millions of feet of raw promotional footage originally intended for a two-reel short about the making of Apocalypse Now and subsequently re-edited with recent interviews with cast and crew, this holds practically nothing back. This is film-making as war as madness, chaos, drugs, natural disasters and wars recreated and real merge in an on and off-screen gottadamerung.

An increasingly distraught Coppola was convinced he had a disaster on his hands as, like Kurtz, completely isolated from the Hollywood system in the jungles of the Philippines, he lost sight of the greater morality surrounding his great anti-war epic. The well-captured tunnel vision that goes with movie-making led to his being more concerned that the Filipino army helicopters he hired off President Marcos were constantly leaving the set than that they are going off to fight a real war: the irony of making a film about the obscenity of war and helping to finance a dictatorship's civil war out of his budget (something Robert Aldrich, Peter Weir and Chuck Norris are also guilty of) never seems to occur.

The helicopters were only one of a succession of disasters which saw sets destroyed by floods and Martin Sheen suffering a heart attack (something Coppola was having none of).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PS Rapaport on 31 Jan. 2013
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This is a fascinating documentary and a fitting footnote to Coppola's mesmerising Apocalypse Now - still the most ambitious (and possibly the greatest) war movie ever made, flawed though it may be in parts.

Hearts Of Darkness - which takes its name from the Joseph Conrad novella on which AN is loosely based - is the story of the making of the film, shot on a handheld VCR by the director's wife Eleanor. It's an honest and uncompromising visual diary, showing her husband's many frustrations and crises on location in the Philippines - think devastating hurricanes, leading actor having a heart attack, helicopters requisitioned to fight a civil war, etc etc. And as if all those problems weren't enough Coppola then had to deal with a massively overweight Marlon Brando turning up for his $1m cameo appearance, towards the end of shooting, not knowing his lines and threatening to quit on the spot if the camera showed his enormous girth!

All the interviews and anecdotes are highly absorbing, especially those with scriptwriter John Milius, Martin Sheen and Coppola himself, whose closing monologue, recorded over 30 years ago, is still just as profound and relevant today. Also of interest is the famous 'plantation scene', edited out of the final cut of AN at the last minute although included in the later (inferior) 'Redux' edition. But perhaps the most dramatic moments are of Coppola on the phone to Hollywood, desperately trying to keep the lid on Sheen's heart attack so that his studio doesn't pull the plug on the whole shebang.

Spellbinding stuff - very possibly the best documentary ever made about the process of film-making and a pure inspiration to anybody who has a goal and wants to find the drive/determination to make it come to fruition, no matter what the obstacles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ Control TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2013
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If you're a fan of "Apocalypse Now [Blu-ray]" you have to see this doco,partly filmed by Francis Ford's wife Eleanor Coppola,about how the movie was made. Insightful,informative and down right harrowing. You can't help but be drawn into FFC's obsession with getting "his" movie made. I won't reveal any more info suffice to say that the quality of the picture & audio on this BRD release is pretty good considering some of the source material. Highly Recommended for any film student or Coppola fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry Gladwyn on 8 Aug. 2013
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I've wanted to watch this film for some time and it did not dissapoint. Coppola says at the beginning words to the effect that his film was not about vietnam, it was vietman. Well, this was not about Apolocalypse Now, it is Apoclaypse Now; rambleing, self-indlugent, and without any real plot, it is still absolutely compelling . Coppolla comes off as boarderline insane, with no real conception of where his film was going, but confident enough in his own talents and those of his team to press on ahead and see what came out the other side.

In fact, his bravery in making the film was shocking. He knew that he was spending both the money and good will he had accumulated from The Godfather in an adeventure of his own, and yet he continued. Perhaps, bravery is the wrong word, it was almost narcissistic cimpulsion, but the results were of course brilliant.
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