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Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse1) This article talks about the struggles and overall failure of the Hearts of Darkness movie that Francis Coppola directed. It serves as the template for the worst failure in movie directing history because everything that could’ve gone wrong went wrong. As they were attempting to shoot the movie in the Philippines, the Filipino civil war was underway as well. All of the complications with the sets being destroyed raised the movies productions price tag to over $20 million. Coppola transforms from an excited man who is ready to tackle everything, to a man who does not believe in life. There is a lot of criticism to Coppola for his choice to go on with the movie when clearly, it was a massive failure. 4) As Francis Cappola goes through this journey of making the film, he has to overcome the struggles with “hellish logistical problems, wild-card actors, freak accidents and other unseen demons.” The acts that went along with the making of this film tormented Francis. These problems were seen by his wife Eleanor first hand. Francis was afraid that he was making a terrible movie out of a serious topic that needed to be heard by mass audiences, but no one would listen to them. The documentary goes into great detail of how the failures brought Cappola down before the final product was finished. After a stage of deep depression and anxiety, Cappola finally finished the $20 million movie. Even though he assumed it would be a huge failure, it was not quite as bad as he thought. Cappola is one of the greatest directors of all time.

1) Hinson, Hal. "‘Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse’." Washington Post. The Washington Post Company, 17 Jan. 1972. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.2) McDonald, Neil. "Apocalypse Now and then. (Film)." Quadrant Jan.-Feb. 2002: 80. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.3)Rich, Ruby. “Jump Cut." The Chicago Reader Jan.-Feb. 1979:. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.4) Kehr, Dave. "FILM REVIEW; For Movie and Its Marketing, A Marriage of Convenience."The New YorkTimes. The New York Times, 13 Aug. 2004. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.5) Levinson, Marjorie. " Apocalypse now: The lives of William Blake.." In Rethinking Historicism: Critical Readings in Romantic History, ed. Levinson, 1. London: Basil Blackwell, 1989. Web. 24 Oct 2013.


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Apocalypse Now:2) The article Apocalypse Now and then. (Film)”, gives insight on the comparison between the Vietnam War and the movie Apocalypse Now and how the film was made historically accurate . It begins with the hardships that were born in creating an accurate movie. Other problems include the continuously changing script, an actor’s heart attack, and Coppola’s extracurricular writing. The author goes on to discuss the correct and incorrect shots in the movie compared to what actually happened. The majority of the essay is made up of summary of the movie. Although the criticism opens up many new ideas and comparisons, it provides many lines of summary of the movie. 3) Rich argues the validity of the historical content in the movie. He does so by summarizing parts of the movie and then bringing in historical facts to either refute or prove what the movie says. The author analyzes many of the main characters and their symbolic meanings. He also discusses many controversial ideas dealing with the war and how the movie conveys the ideas. By use of summary and historical events, Rich provides many explanations to many issues that arise. 5) This entry praises the movie. He claims that the film nearly brought him back to the future. The author speaks of the characters and how they were portrayed for the audience to connect and have personal relationships with them. Like most other works about this movie, most is made up of summary. The author effectively connects historical events with the movie to prove an accurate representation by the film makers. The author also hits on the topic of directors and their specific choices on how the play was acted out. It was mentioned that the directors put lots of their own being and pasts into the film. Levinson appropriately summarizes with some new insight on how the movie was developed and acted out.



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