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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself (as Francis Coppola)
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Herself
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Himself - from 1938 radio broadcast (voice) (archive footage)
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Himself
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Himself
Tom Sternberg ...
Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself (as Fred Forrest)
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Himself (as Larry Fishburne)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Gio)
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Himself (archive footage) (as Roman)
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Herself (archive footage) (as Sofia)
Dean Tavoularis ...
Himself
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Himself
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Documents the sensational events surrounding the making of Apocalypse Now (1979)' and Francis Ford Coppola's struggle with nature, governments, actors, and self-doubt. Includes footage and sound secretly recorded by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The magic and madness of making "Apocalypse Now"

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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6 December 1991 (UK)  »

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Aux coeurs des ténèbres - l'apocalypse d'un metteur en scène  »

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$1,318,449 (USA)
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Francis Ford Coppola disagrees with his portrayal, and initially refused to release the documentary on DVD. It was finally released on DVD in 2007, with an optional Coppola commentary track. In 2010, it was released in the "Full Disclosure" Blu-ray edition of Apocalypse Now (1979). See more »

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In the end credits for musical listings under the Doors song The End, Elektra (Records) is misspelled (as "Electra.") See more »

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Eleanor Coppola: The film Francis is making is a metaphor for a journey into self. He has made that journey and is still making it. It's scary to watch someone you love go into the center of himself and confront his fears, fear of failure, fear of death, fear of going insane. You have to fail a little, die a little, go insane a little, to come out the other side. The process is not over for Francis.
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The Ride of the Valkyries
(from "Die Walkure")
by Richard Wagner
Courtesy of James & Aster
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The most insightful (if not, one of the most) documentaries ever made
17 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Francis Ford Coppolla made a undeniable masterpiece with Apocalypse Now and became (for me at least) one of the greatest films ever made and the best war picture ever. To have this documentary sitting about is like having a documentary about success, failure and what life is, craziness. That is the essence caught in this film.

The film follows the events of the making of Apocalypse Now, including some moments of insight I almost couldn't believe (George Lucas might've been the director, Harvey Keitel was the original Willard, Coppolla almost gave up on the project, etc) and behind the camera footage I thought was ludicrous- in a good way. For instance, being a long time fan of Marlon Brando, it was as much cringe like as it was interesting to see deleted, improvised footage of Brando spouting lines and such. But the centerpiece here is Coppolla himself, as we see his descent into almost like what Kurtz went through, and that might be the most extraordinary part of all (considering that he is one of the best American directors of the last quarter century). One of the best pictures of 1991. A+


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