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A must see for Coppola fans and film buffs,
This review is from: Hearts of Darkness - A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (DVD)
The making of apocalypse now is movie making legend and you can see why after watching this documentary. All the more remarkable when you consider this was pre-CGI and the only special effects employed were the copious amounts of drugs and alcohol used by the cast and crew.
This is movie making Ernest Shackleton style - on the edge - sink or swim, and you can only admire Coppola for his sheer tenacity and balls. (although it *was* filmed by his wife so you'd kind've expect him to be painted in a good light).
I watched it twice then trawled the net for more background.. it's a shame they left out any reference to the fraught editing process after filming which took another three years nearly!
It skipped over a lot of the *really* gruesome details too, that I discovered later, like the purchasing of cadavers for the temple scene and the details behind the slaughter of the water buffalo towards the end.
Movie making will never be the same again.. and you're certainly left feeling conflicted about that.
A great piece of documentary making.