The weeken d is Chapter 2 writing weekend and I have to admit it's a definite pleasure to be writing about Apocalypse Now!
“If Coppola had reinvented the genre of the gangster film with The Godfather and Godfather II, he was about to reinvent the genre of the war movie with Apocalypse Now’
(Phillips, 2004: 142)
“Apocalypse Now is not about the Vietnam; it is Vietnam. And the way we made it was very much like the way the Americans were in Vietnam. We were in the jungle, had access to too much money, too much equipment; and little by little we went insane”
He seemed to be saying that the film had been made in just the kind of muddle that had doomed the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
(Phillips, 2004: 156)
Coppola now feels that the bombing attack was contrary to the essential meaning he ultimately wanted to express, which was that Willard was journeying toward a postwar world that would be at peace.
(Phillips, 2004: 163)
He too “sees Willard’s journey upriver as a metaphor for the voyage or life, during the course of which each of us must choose between good and evil”
(Phillips, 2004: 168)
Phillips, Gene (2004) Godfather: The Intimate Portrait of Francis Ford Coppola, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky