on 9 January 2001
There are few films more apt for an A-Z guide than this Francis Ford Coppola classic. It boasts references to literary classics like Conrad, Eliot and The Odyssey as well as seemingly almost every other Vietnam film ever made. Pretentious? Well, perhaps, but no fan of Coppola or the film should fail to be impressed by author Karl French's detail and brief vignettes that describe and explain the script, the characters, the actors, the locations, the real history, the Heart Of Darkness book by Joseph Conrad on which the main characters were based and, most deliciously, the rumours. Want to know about the five-hour version of the film? Who were those bunny girl dancers in the Playboy scene? Did Martin Sheen really have a heart attack in the middle of filming? Who was the original choice for Sheen's role as Captain Willard? How did the voiceover come to be such a central part of the movie's legend? And, of course, what was behind Coppola's decision to change the ending of the film? It's all in this book. And it's all in nice, bit-size pieces which means that as a bedside companion, it's unbeatable. Why not check out another fact about the film before falling asleep - why watch the film when you can use this book to help you dream about it!
on 11 June 2009
In a word I found this book awful, far too much author opinion & not enough fact. All the "information" here can be found in far more palatable & informative way in any of the other Apocalypse Now books. Its bite size chunks seem almost an insult to the reader & a movie of such scope. Ultimately dull, & very incomplete, opinions on Blade Runner, The Doors, & The Clash are either nonsensical or laughable. It's one hell of a cash in, glad my copy was second hand so as not to encourage them with sales.