Hearts of Darkness-Filmmakers Apocalypse

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The riveting behind-the-scenes story based largely on footage shot and directed by eleanor coppola of the making of 'apocalypse now'. Includes interviews with the cast and crew.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 206179339
UPC 097361318448
UPC 14 00097361318448
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Documentary
Showbiz
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In the late 1970s director Francis Ford Coppola began filming his monumental Vietnam epic, APOCALYPSE NOW. Shot in the Philippines, the film would eventually take years to complete and include 238 days of principal photography, the lead actor's firing, the replacement star's heart attack, a typhoon on the set, difficulties with an overweight Marlon Brando, ritualistic animal slaughter, and President Marcos' war with rebels. Coppola's wife, Eleanor, documented his struggles during the marathon moviemaking by using her own film crew to shoot behind the scenes and secretly tape conversations with her tormented husband. Her work was used by filmmakers Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper for their riveting documentary HEARTS OF DARKNESS. Using interviews with the stars of the film, including Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, and Dennis Hopper, the producers and production crew, and especially Coppola himself, the filmmakers unravel the story behind the making of APOCALYPSE NOW and the director's torturous search for an ending. Coppola compared his film to America's efforts in Vietnam: "We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane."
Plot Summary
Summary Eleanor Coppola's documentary on the making of her husband's 1979 film, APOCALYPSE NOW, uses footage she shot while on location with him. The film also incorporates interviews with cast and crew members.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...Riveting....Jaw-dropping location footage..." 01/23/1992 p.50
Sight and Sound "...[A] fascinating account of the making of APOCALYPSE NOW..." 01/01/1992 p.44
Entertainment Weekly "...The most spectacular inside look ever offered into the ineffable process of filmmaking....Through Coppola, the film reveals the spirit -- still alive and kicking -- that put the dream in the dream factory..." 01/31/1992 p.40
Los Angeles Times "...An almost hypnotic document. All the interviewees are salty and unsparing, of themselves especially. Milius is bearish and hilarious; Eleanor idealistic, precise; Coppola nakedly open..." 01/24/1992 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Fascinating, harrowing film history. We feel for once we are witnessing the true story of how a movie got made..." 01/17/1992 p.38
Total Film "...A classic in its own right..." 08/01/2000 p.100
Directors
George Hickenlooper
Fax Bahr
Eleanor Coppola
Actors
Name Duvall,Robert
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Dennis Hopper - Featuring
Doug Claybourne - Executive Producer
Eleanor Coppola - Featuring
Fax Bahr - Writer
Francis Ford Coppola - Featuring
George Hickenlooper - Writer
George Hickenlooper, et. al. - Director
George Lucas - Featuring
Harrison Ford - Featuring
Jay Miracle - Editor
Larry Carney, et. al. - Cinematographer
Laurence Fishburne - Featuring
Les Mayfield - Producer
Marlon Brando - Featuring
Martin Sheen - Featuring
Michael Greer - Editor
Orson Welles - Voice Of
Robert De Niro - Featuring
Robert Duvall - Featuring
Sofia Coppola - Featuring
Todd Boekelheide - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
Catalog ID 13184
UPC 00097361318448
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Winner (1992) Emmy, George Hickenlooper, et. al., Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Directing,Emmy, Michael Greer, Jay Miracle, Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Picture Editing
Nominee (1992) Emmy, Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Writing,Emmy, Doug Claybourne, et. al., Outstanding Informational Special
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The making of a film has never been documented with more penetration and truth than in "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," which chronicles the agony and the ecstasy of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (1979). That is because no other documentary has ever had access to materials that are normally off-limits: Shots that were never used, scenes that were abandoned, private arguments between the director and his actors, cries for help and confessions of despair, and even conversations between Coppola and his wife that she secretly tape-recorded..."Hearts of Darkness," written and directed by Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper, is based on documentary footage that Eleanor Coppola shot at the time, and on recent interviews with both Coppolas, plus Milius, Lucas and actors Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Timothy Bottoms and Larry Fishburne, who incredibly was only 14 when he played one of the patrol boat crew. Eleanor's secret tape recordings were also made available, and the result is fascinating, harrowing film history. We feel for once we are witnessing the true story of how a movie got made.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review ...for Francis Ford Coppola, at least on his phantasmagorical 1979 Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now, filmmaking is an open-ended process, beginning with questions that he hopes the movie will answer. In adapting Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness as a grand metaphor for the Vietnam War, Coppola felt he had to go along with his hero's terrifying journey upriver, even if it meant living with the possibility that he wouldn't find those answers, and the film would fail colossally. Call it courage or hubris, but for Coppola to haul a production of this size to the Philippines without knowing its artistic destination is an invigorating sort of madness--and one that's indelibly imprinted on the finished product...As the days dragged on and the budget ballooned, the Coppolas offered up their personal assets as collateral, and even then, Francis didn't know whether he was making a good movie or a deeply pretentious one. His paroxysms of self-doubt, picked up in Eleanor's secret audio recordings, are perhaps the biggest revelation in Hearts Of Darkness, proof that creative genius often lies chillingly close to the abyss.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Scott Tobias
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, English
Product Attributes
Actor Duvall,Robert
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Geoff Andrew, Time Out ...illuminates the catastrophes that beset one particular project, and shows, by way of comparison, exactly what American film has foregone since the '70s.
Hal Hinson, The Washington Post The most engrossing, most revealing film about the making of a movie ever produced.
Joe Brown, The Washington Post Harrowing and funny, a fine film on its own...leaves us with a new appreciation for the Vietnam War epic it documents.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader A fascinating 1991 postmortem on the making of Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now.
Rob Thomas, Capital Times A phenomenal documentary about one of the most notorious film shoots of all time.
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