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LaPorte_HST_315_Film - Jordan LaPorte HST 315 Dr. Guard...

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Jordan LaPorte HST 315 Dr. Guard Research Paper There have been many films made over the years that center around the Vietnam War. It makes sense that the Vietnam War would be a hot subject for filmmakers; it was a time where attitudes and morals in the U.S were changing drastically, and the military was involved in a conflict that was not nearly as cut and dry when compared to wars of the past. Such a turbulent time in American history provides a wealth of opportunities to tell interesting and thought provoking stories. If you were to walk around and ask random people to say the name of at least one film involving the Vietnam War, there is a good chance that a large number of those people would say either Apocalypse Now or Full Metal Jacket . Not only are these two films very popular and well known, but they are also two of the most well crafted and thought provoking films concerning the Vietnam War. Apocalypse Now , directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is a surreal journey into the Cambodian jungle that follows one man’s mission to kill a presumably insane Special Forces Colonel. Full Metal Jacket , directed by Stanley Kubrick, provides a view of the Vietnam War more grounded in reality by focusing on an entire platoon of U.S Marines as they go from training to live combat. Both films have many differences from one another, but they are both unique and profoundly insightful stories about the Vietnam War. Apocalypse Now is the story of Captain Benjamin Willard, as he tries to track down Colonel Walter Kurtz, who has apparently gone insane and started to operate outside the orders of the U.S military. Willard’s mission takes him deep into the jungle of Cambodia to search for Kurtz, and while there is a small squad that accompanies Willard on the Navy Patrol Boat ride up the river, the story is mainly focused on how Willard views the events taking place around him.
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Apocalypse Now is a fictional story about the Vietnam War, which at times feels like it is on the brink of being detached from reality completely. Coppola describes the Vietnam War as, “A new kind of surreal war with a drug induced sensibility,” his opinion of the war is clearly represented in his film. Even the opening scene displays the drug induced sensibility as Willard lies on his bed staring up at the ceiling fan; however instead of the normal sound of a fan, Willard hears the noise of a helicopter propeller instead. The character Lance Johnson is the physical embodiment of the drug culture that appeared during Vietnam. Johnson is a surfer from California who never really seems to be completely focused on the conflict at hand. At one point in the film, Willard and Lance get off the boat at a U.S. controlled bridge that is under constant attack by the enemy to try and find fuel. Before getting out of the boat, Lance informs a squad mate that he had just dropped his remaining amount of acid. Throughout the entire sequence, Lance seems to be on another planet mentally. While approaching the bridge, Jay “Chef” Hicks asks Lance what he thinks about what
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