Wednesday, March 23, 2016

841. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Directed by Eleanor Coppola, George Hickenlooper, and Fax Bahr

I love seeing behind the scene footage; I must have watched the LOTR extras twenty times.  This was way more interesting than Apocalypse Now, so at least something good came from that nightmarish bore.

This documentary details all the disasters that took place during the filming of Apocalypse Now, from the bad weather to the monstrous egos of the cast.  Francis Ford Coppola is portrayed as somewhat...demanding but everyone walks away looking slightly insane.

I wish there were more documentaries like this, as filmmaking (obviously) interests me.  I see some behind the scenes footage of The Shining, but it was mostly Stanley Kubrick being sweet to Danny Lloyd and I have to assume that wasn't the usual Kubrick persona.  I would love to see a documentary on the making of Titanic, which I read was just as nightmarish as the filming of Apocalypse Now.  Just with hotter people.

Essentially a movie for film buffs and I think it is safe to say all of my readers fit under this category.

RATING: *****

Interesting Facts:

Marlon Brando refused to be interviewed, as he believed Francis Ford Coppola still owned him two million dollars.


  1. I finally got around to watching this...don't know why it's taken me so long as Apocalypse Now is one of my all time favourites. I had read about all the crazy stuff that had happened while filming it before but it was great to see it unfold. I am amazed that he managed to pull it off and make the total masterpiece he did...

    But yeah I am also a sucker for behind the scenes stuff too...I love seeing how they create what they do. I know one thing though, for all I love the movies I would not want to be working on one haha!

    1. Haha definitely wouldn't have wanted to work on this one. I think it could be fun in other movies. I would probably spend the whole time perving on the lead though.