My 100 favorite films. Entry #28: Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now (1979)
directed by Francis Ford Coppola
written by John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola
starring Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Frederic Forrest, Dennis Hopper and Marlon Brando
country: usa
genre: war

Visuals: 10
Writing: 8
Everyday watchability: 4

Quite possibly the most gorgeous film ever on the subject of war (other contenders being The Thin Red Line and Lawrence of Arabia), Apocalypse Now is one glorious mindfuck of a movie. It may not sound it, but this is extremely high praise. Whereas other Vietnam war films may co-mingle the beauty of Vietnam with the horror of war, Apocalypse Now practically makes war itself beautiful. The opening scene shows napalm drops on jungle coastlines to the strains of The End by The Doors. Another scene depicts tracer bullets racing through the air like streamers. Yet another runs like a horrific carnival of sound and vision as a battle wages on at night, but it's hard to even tell who's fighting whom, while strands of lights dangle down like Christmas tree lights. To find such things beautiful causes the viewer mental pain, which just may be the whole point of the film.


1 comment(s).:

January 10, 2009 at 10:34 AM andypants serros said...

First time I saw this was freshman year in college in the Porter lounge with a group of hallmates. And I ended up hooking up with this girl who was watching it with us. :)

Memorable, indeed.