HNRS 30 - Apocalypse Now Final

HNRS 30 - Apocalypse Now Final - Apocalypse Now: Into the...

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Apocalypse Now: Into the Heart of Darkness For one shot, 1200 gallons of gasoline burned in ninety seconds. For the climax of another sequence, over 500 smoke bombs, 100 phosphorus sticks, another 1200 gallons of gas, 1750 sticks of dynamite, 500 feet of detonating cord, plus 2000 rockets, flares and tracers. Two hundred and thirty-eight shooting days. More than 1.1 million feet of negative exposed. All this and more cost 31.5 million dollars. Coppola is quoted saying about the film “We went insane. The film was made the way the war was fought. There were too many of us, too much money, too much equipment.” Michael Dempsey describes the movie as phantasmagoric: a shifting series of phantasms (something apparently seen but having no reality), illusions or deceptive appearances, as in a dream or as created by the imagination. Coppola threatened to commit suicide 3 times during filming. Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack and battled alcoholism during the film. “Lance” was on speed, LSD and marijuana during the shooting of parts of the movie. INSANE - in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction. SANE – of sound mind; not mad “Is a person mad when they know that they are mad?” The insane do not know they are? 1) Let’s talk about the elements of film that we have not encountered in the text and images we have seen throughout this quarter. These elements are what link the ideas and images that we have been reading about Vietnam. The sounds of the war become something completely different once we hear it. The atmosphere of Vietnam can be seen from the sweat rolling down Willard’s face. a. What of these elements stood out the most to you? How did these elements affect your view of Vietnam? i. For me seeing being able to put a soundtrack to the war really changed my perception of the war. From the beginning the sounds of war become a part of our perception. The pounding of the helicopter blades seems to be looming in the background from the beginning. Being able to see and hear images of the war made the movie all the more powerful. Willard’s narration of his journey is very similar to Dispatches, the text that moved me the most during the quarter. Seeing Lit. Kilgore and the helicopters in formation to attack allowed the war to become that much realer.
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b. We are brought into the world of Apocalypse Now in the midst of a dream-like state. We see coconut trees while yellow and purple smoke wafts through the frame. “The End” by The Doors begins quietly in the background. Helicopters glide through the frame, although they resemble hard shapes rather than helicopters at times. A phantom helicopter ignites the tree-line into a bright red-orange glob of napalm flame. The camera pans across the burning trees as the helicopters come and go . i.
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