Considered the mother of all war movies, Apocalypse Now is still a mesmerizingly disturbing high. If you would like to see the film in the cinemas, now is your chance. Here’s the re-release trailer:
It’s probably one of the greatest arguments in movie history: Can you make an anti-war movie? The (apparent) impossibility lies in the fact that any staging of acts of war is always subject to a certain fascination with the bloody spectacle. War on the big screen, no matter how haunting and repulsive it is staged, is always an adventure to some degree. But there are exceptions, such as Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 “Apocalypse Now.”
Here Martin Sheen plays the role of military police officer Captain Willard, who first turns to alcohol and then goes almost insane in his hotel room in Saigon. At that moment, however, he is given a top secret mission: he must travel with a group of soldiers to the deepest interior of the Cambodian jungle to track down and kill the renegade Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Kurtz has been hiding in the jungle and has gone completely out of control. A self-destructive journey begins…
“Apocalypse Now”: on the big screen on March 7, 2023
When it comes to borderline cinematic experiences, “Apocalypse Now” is very popular. Not only because those responsible around Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Sheen and Co. almost actually died during the legendary filming (a detailed insight into the insane hardships on set can be found in the documentary “Hearts Of Darkness”).
“Apocalypse Now” also manages to convey the madness of the Vietnam War to the public. Together with the protagonists, you make your way through the jungle on a patrol boat, which attracts horror and inhumanity like a magnet.
This is staged by Francis Ford Coppola as a seething feverish dream from which there is simply no awakening. The landscape shots impress not only with their exotic, impenetrable violence, but also as an allegorical projection surface that reflects the damned of the war that has gotten completely out of hand.
Of course, the (audio)visual impact is particularly effective on the big screen – and you have the chance to finally see “Apocalypse Now” there: As part of the “Best Of Cinema” series, StudioCanal brings the classic back to the cinema. On March 7, 2023, “Apocalypse Now” will premiere in Final Cut and in a pin-sharp 4K restoration across the country, and it’s definitely near you.
“Apocalypse Now”: a challenge to take
It doesn’t matter if you’ve already seen “Apocalypse Now” or are watching it for the first time: What Francis Ford Coppola has created here always turns out to be a unique, downright jaw-dropping visual experience. This is also the case in the final cut, which was made by the director on the occasion of the film’s 40th anniversary and lasts just over three hours.
And while “Apocalypse Now” doesn’t tell you the epic length, it does give you a deeper sense of how much you struggle with the movie by the minute. In the best sense! Because “Apocalypse Now” is a challenge that exhausts and exhausts you. Francis Ford Coppola does not need a brutal battle sound for this, in which countless soldiers go to each other’s throats on the battlefield.
Instead, Coppola lets Willard and Co. wandering through the dense jungle on a patrol boat in a kind of permanent daze. The Vietnam War is becoming a war of the mind. Perhaps “Apocalypse Now” is also considered the best war movie of all time because it not only exposes the futility of the Vietnam War, but also reflects the forces of darkness getting under your skinwho dwell in the soul of every human being. And in Vietnam they were allowed to surface.
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