Archive of films Apocalypse Now Redux / Apocalypse Now Redux
2001, 203 min
Another “director’s cut” to hit theatres is Francis Ford Coppola’s monumental work of modern warfare Apocalypse Now. At the 54th Cannes IFF in 2001 the creator screened a restored and reedited version of the film. The added parts create a kind of commentary on the Vietnam War and at the same time clarify protagonist motivations and the development of events.
Another “director’s cut” to hit theatres is Francis Ford Coppola’s monumental work of modern warfare Apocalypse Now. At the 54th Cannes IFF in 2001 the creator screened a restored and reedited version of the film copyrighted 2001 with the title Apocalypse Now Redux. In 1979, in consideration of mass audience tastes, the director had tried to avoid excessive length and peculiarities. Twenty years later Coppola put together a “relatively tame” film, returning several shots and scenes that had been cut. The added bits create a kind of commentary on the Vietnam War and at the same time clarify protagonist motivations and the development of events. The original, pioneering six-channel soundtrack of the 70 mm print was transferred to Dolby digital and DTS. Apocalypse Now had two endings: the 70 mm version ended with Willard and Johnson’s departure and there were no credits; the 35 mm version ended with a surrealistic scene of the bombing and burning of Kurtz “empire.” The director never hid the fact that the use of this (literally apocalyptic) postscript is unclear; the shots were not part the original conception: the Philippine government requested that the sets be liquidated. The new cut includes final credits on a black background.
About the director
Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939, Detroit) graduated in drama from Hofstra University and in film from the University of California, Los Angeles; he got practical experience working with Roger Corman. In the mid sixties he came out as an ambitious young director and a talented screenwriter (Oscar winner for the script of Patton). During the seventies he developed into a successful creator of big budget and artistically ambitious films, among which the first two parts of the Godfather (1972, 1974) brought him world recognition and a number of awards (4 Oscars). He also took Cannes by storm, twice winning the coveted Palme d’Or (The Conversation, 1974; Apocalypse Now, 1979). His generically and thematically wide-ranging filmography also includes musicals (Finian’s Rainbow, 1968; One from the Heart, 1982; The Cotton Club, 1984), comedies (Peggy Sue Got Married, 1986; Jack, 1996) and literary adaptations (Rumble Fish, 1983; Dracula, 1992; The Rainmaker, 1998). His production company American Zoetrope (cofounded with George Lucas in 1969) has supported dozens of film projects.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Director:||Francis Ford Coppola|
|Screenplay:||John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola|
|Dir. of Photography:||Vittorio Storaro|
|Music:||Carmine Coppola, F.F. Coppola|
|Editor:||Richard Marks, Walter Murch, Gerald M. Greenberg, Lisa Fruchtman|
|Producer:||Kim Aubry, Francis Ford Coppola|
|Cast:||Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Larry Fishburne, Dennis Hopper|
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