Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Intimate, first-hand documentary chronicle on the making of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), a production plagued by an ambitious script, foreign shooting conditions, budget constraints and casting problems. The feat took its toll on the director's mental health, and nearly destroyed his career. Narrated by his wife, Eleanor Coppola and based on her excellent book of the same name.

Eleanor shot behind-the-scenes footage at the time and in 1990 compiled that footage - along with new interviews with the cast and crew - with her co-directors Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper.

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Time Out

Time Out

At once anecdotal and revealing, this excellent film both illuminates the catastrophes that beset one particular project, and shows, by way of comparison, exactly what American film has foregone since the '70s.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

There have been few sharper portraits of the film maker as alchemist.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The making of a film has never been documented with more penetration and truth.

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