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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
"The magic and madness of making "
Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's
Sam Bottoms Himself
Marlon Brando Himself
Colleen Camp Herself
Eleanor Coppola Herself
Francis Ford Coppola Himself
Gia Coppola Herself
Roman Coppola Himself
Sofia Coppola Herself
Robert De Niro Himself
Robert Duvall Himself
Laurence Fishburne Himself
Harrison Ford
Frederic Forrest Himself
Albert Hall Himself
Dennis Hopper Himself
George Lucas Himself
John Milius Himself
Martin Sheen Himself
G.D. Spradlin Himself
Orson Welles Himself (from 1938 radio broadcast) (voice) (uncredited)
Producer: Les Mayfield,George Zaloom
Writer: Fax Bahr,George Hickenlooper
Pretentious but interesting
After reading some reviews on Hearts of Darkness I was looking forward to seeing total chaos unfolding behind the scenes of the production of apocalypse now. I was somewhat disappointed to find out that the supposed chaos that went on during the filming of apocalypse now was greatly overstated. Its true that the film faced many setbacks and some really bad luck but it wasn't as gripping a struggle as I was hoping for.

We get to see a lot of scenes with Coppola whining about things like the Filipino army taking the helicopters away from the production to fight a war, how he's disappointed in martin sheen for having a heart attack and being worried about the film going over budget, but overall the problems they faced didn't give me the feeling that the film was all that out of control. Coppola's raving about how he's going insane in the jungle just comes across as pretentious.

Hearing all the hype about this movie you'd think that the crew were living in shacks and eating bugs but in reality they were all living in expensive hotels and being pampered with catered food like any other big budget Hollywood production.

If you want to see a documentary about the making of a film that really has you scared for the sanity of the cast and crew I suggest watching either Empire of Dreams: the making of the star wars trilogy. (only for the making of star wars though, the rest of it is completely self serving) or Apocalypse soon: the making of citizen toxie. These documentaries do a much better job portraying the desperation a filmmaker can go through trying to complete their vision.

Even though i seem to be bashing the movie I would still recommend it. If you're a fan of Apocalypse Now you will definitely enjoy seeing what was going on behind the scenes.

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Imdb rating: 8.0
Musician: Todd Boekelheide
Running time: 96 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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