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A response to a Documentary called Hearts of Darkness which documented the well known difficulties of making the film Apocalypse Now, written for my Film Literature class in College. Please note a particular attention to the theme of 'Self' consciously noted in every film watched during the semester.

Submitted: September 29, 2014

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HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILM MAKERS APOCALYPSE RESPONSE

Hearts of Darkness’ is not simply a “making of” piece, for me it’s the truest insight into the desperation and true blood, sweat and tears that went into making one of the most pivotal films of all time. I try to relate back to ‘the self’ in every response I give and it would seem that this little documentary emphasizes the true meaning of this idea. It is without doubt, the defining realization that Apocalypse Now was more than simply a film. As Roger Ebert had said in his review, “This is a film that chronicles the agony and ecstasy of Apocalypse now”. A magnificent juxtapose of success and failure day to day that somehow came together in the end for reasons that are beyond explanation. All you can see in ‘Hearts of Darkness’ is a filmmaker with precision, care and a passion, even when all hope seemed lost. This was a living breathing process, not merely a creative struggle but a united personal struggle. It wasn’t even about money, it was clear that by the end not even deep pockets could finish the job, the film was truly at the mercy of passion. Every person working on that film is a part of the film in more ways than scrolling credits. The film was not an ‘extension’ of the artists vision, but the artist himself, ready to succeed or give up and die at any moment and that frenetic energy was directly injected into the viewing experience. You sense the desperation and feel every success just as the characters do and it was clearly the same on and off camera.

Louis Shaw

 

 


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