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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.
Near Penn Station, next to the Amtrak tracks, squatters have been living for years. Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this "family." A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives: horrors of childhood, jail time, losing children, being coke-heads. They scavenge, they've built themselves sturdy one-room shacks; they have pets, cook, chat, argue, give each other haircuts. A bucket is their toilet. Leaky overhead pipes are a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness. During the filming, Amtrak gives a 30-day eviction notice. Written by
Singer employed his friends in the tunnels as his crew. Singer claims that these people, with no prior experience in filmmaking whatsoever, were incredible in their ability to set up lighting rigs, dollies, and electrical wiring, mostly without the use of tools or real grip equipment. To make the dolly for tracking shots, Singer and his carpenter built a rig made out of wood and metal scraps. Without a power drill, they would heat a metal rod and 'singe' a hole into the wood to put a screw or dowel in for fixture. See more »
It's been told and retold the story of the making of this film, and I won't do that here, but let me just mention that when a documentary so effectively and succinctly captures the vibes of its subjects without either overbearing direction or (the eternally cursed) voice over, it is a good thing. I saw this on the big screen, and part of my love of this film already came from watching it with a group of other people. Situations changed, stories were told. The documentary with a narrative arc and undeniable authenticity is such a rare species. Particularly touching was the presence of dogs proving we are all alike in our need for companionship. Singer doesn't linger too long on one idea and allows the viewer room to exist within the outstanding atmosphere he creates.
Outstanding and impossible to imagine it not having been released properly in Sydney until its now 2 week run.
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