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“I Love the Smell of Coppola In the Morning”

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Apocalypse Now voted best film of the last 25 years by Brits:

    In a poll organized by the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound magazine, the 1979 epic beat Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” into second place and Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander” into third.

    “Apocalypse Now deserves its position for being a richly complex, madcap experiment in war film-making that comes off because it never falls from the tightrope it walks between extravagance and profundity,” Sight & Sound editor Nick James said in a statement.

    A panel of 50 British film experts were asked to consider 259 films made between 1978 and now.

Makes sense to me, the film has a strange, dark, enduring power; and I agree with the Nick James statement about a tightrope, but I see the walk between objective and subjective reality. As the viewer assumes various characters’ subjective experience of of the narrative, jolts of objective reality – usually in the form of violence – snaps the character and the viewer into a broader, “neutral” perspective. Though the story is not, this tone is true to Conrad.

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  • Ed Driscoll


    Interesting comments about Apocalypse Now. In case anyone’s interested, I wrote about the film myself on Blogcritics, a couple of months ago.


  • pk

    Thanks for picking that up Eric. I wrote a longish response to this which spins off other musings about the film and Coppola…and other things related to film adaptations of classic literature; it’s too long to post here. If you’re interested, it’s here.