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Watch: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Influence on ‘The Revenant’ Explored in Split-Screen Video Essay

3 February 2016 11:26 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“I wouldn’t say that Westerns were a big influence on The Revenant at all, really,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu tells Film Comment. “I was looking more toward things like Dersu Uzala by Kurosawa, Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev—which is maybe my favorite film ever—Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, even Apocalypse Now. These are movies that are epic, that have spectacle and are very grand statements, but are informed by the crazy fucking theatrical show that is the human condition. The beauty and harshness of nature impacts your state of mind in these movies. There’s a very intimate point of view from one single character in each. That’s the challenge. Anyone can film a beautiful landscape. Unless you have an emotionally grounded story in there, it’s all just fucking sorcery.”

While we’ve debated the merits of The Revenant‘s “emotionally grounded story, »

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In praise of filmmakers that go out on a limb

18 January 2016 8:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Filmmakers go to incredible lengths to tell stories. Here‘s why movies like Apocalypse Now and The Revenant deserve our praise...

“We were in the jungle. We had too much money. We had too much equipment. And little by little, we went insane” - Francis Ford Coppola

You wouldn’t necessarily have wanted to be a member of the cast or crew on the set of Apocalypse Now, but you can’t argue with the results. Director Francis Ford Coppola intended to spend five months in the Philippines shooting his Vietnam war epic; instead, he was stuck there for a year, caught in a quagmire of illnesses (lead actor Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack), typhoons and a rapidly-expanding budget.

Apocalypse Now’s nightmarish shoot was captured for posterity in the documentary Heart Of Darkness, largely shot by Coppola’s daughter Eleanor and eventually released in 1991. What »

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