Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
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
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.