Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Weekly Film: Apocalypse Now Redux

"I love the smell of Napalm in the morning."
32 years ago Francis Ford Coppola released his master piece that was Apocalypse Now to the world. After a long and notoriously arduous production in the Philippines, Coppla and his editing team were left with almost 200 hours of footage to cut. Whilst the final result they ended up with was undeniably good, several whole scenes had to be removed.

In 2001 Coppla unveiled Apocalypse Now Redux, a new cut of the film with many of the removed scenes added. Many have criticised these, claiming that they feel out of place or that they break the flow of the film.

This week we will be watching Apocalypse Now Redux. One key idea that I'm looking forward to hearing from you about, is whether or not Apocalypse Now Redux is a "true" representation of the Vietnam War.

Don't forget to come back next Monday to see what I think of Apocalypse Now Redux and to share your ideas on this timeless masterpiece.

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