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Heart of Darkness (1993)

A trading company manager travels up an African river to find a missing outpost head and discovers the depth of evil in humanity's soul.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Marlow is an ambitious and adventurous sailor who is employed by an English trading company and sent to an African colony. There he travels up the river, visiting the trading stations who barters for ivory with the natives. On his journey he is told about a man named Kurtz whose station is the one furthest up the river, deep in the African jungle. Some talk of him in awe, others in admiration, but they all seem to fear him. As Marlow gets closer and closer to Kurtz he understands that the man has gone insane and is now doing the most horrible and blasphemous deeds. Based on Joseph Conrad's classic novel about greed and insanity. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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A Maldição da Selva  »

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Andrew Sinclair and Jeffrey Selenium, son of David, announced this in 1970 along with an adaptation of Dylan Thomas's " Under Milk. Wood ". Sinclair made " Under Milk Wood " in 1971, but its failure at the box office meant that this Conrad story never got off the ground. See more »

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The Congo River is actually hundreds of meters across and not the pitiful and barely navigable stream it is depicted as in the film. See more »

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Doesn't live up to the expectations of the book.
17 January 2006 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

The problem with the film is quite simply this, Conrad's prose is powerfully verbose and cannot be adapted to a movie. Marlow's narration in the novella captivates you from the first sentence and you only "see" what Conrad writes about. In movie, it's different, you see the visual, but the description and reflection that really makes the novel, is frightfully missing. But as far as an unadaptable book has been adapted, it is of good standard. There are the exact same scenes, which are pinpointed quite geniously, but they never have the same affect as in the novel. The plot in the movie has been enhanced, and it works very well to make it more interesting. The references to Ancient Egypt were thoughtfully inserted. My tip, read the book, and keep it that way, there are better movies out there.


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