Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Synopsis: Documents the sensational events surrounding the making of Apocalypse Now (1979)' and Francis Ford Coppola's struggle with nature, governments, actors, and self-doubt. Includes footage and sound secretly recorded by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis.
Genre: Documentary
Production: Showtime Network
  Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

He said that Orson Welles tried it

and he couldn't lick it.

Richard Brooks, I think,

or somebody else...

That's the best thing

to tell a young writing student,

you know, say,

"No one could possibly write this."

That was the first thing I tried.

The war was raging then,

and everybody was either

getting set to go or to get out of it

or whatever they were going to do.

And we prepared a method of

doing this whole thing in Vietnam.

We were going to do it

in 16 millimeter in Vietnam.

That was John's idea.

That was John's idea.

I was the one that was gonna

have to go over and do it.

John is very good at being grand.

We would have been there right in time

for Tet, probably and whatever.

And all these people

that were in school with me

who'd done terrible things

or were planning to go to Canada,

do something as drastic

as getting married to avoid the war,

they were willing to go to Vietnam.

They didn't care.

They wanted to carry lights

and sound equipment over minefields.

And I think that Warner Brothers

finally backed off on it

because they figured

most of us would probably be killed

because we were so stupid.

We then tried to take Apocalypse

around to all the other studios.

Nobody wanted to have anything to do

with it and they just... "No way."


Because it was during the war

and there was a lot of...

I don't know whether it was pressure

or just fear or whatever,

but the studios would not finance a film

about the Vietnam War.

People were so bitter

about the war, you know,

that there were riots.

Remember, we were living at a time

when there really were riots

on the streets.

People were spitting on soldiers.

And studio executives,

they're the last people

who are gonna get

in the middle of that thing.

Studio executives are not noted

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