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Apocalypse Now

USA 1979. Dir: Francis Ford Coppola. 153 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! ► Apocalypse Now’s behind-the scenes journey from crazed, cursed production to milestone and masterpiece is nearly as epic and operatic as the film itself. But the film itself! Updating Conrad’s Heart of Darkness to the Vietnam War era, Coppola’s phantasmagoric tour de force ventures upriver into the apocalyptic absurdity of America’s Southeast Asia misadventure, and arrives deep into the human capacity for evil. Among its many astonishments — the opening helicopter-blades-to-ceiling-fan segue set to The Doors; Robert Duvall loving the smell of napalm in the morning; Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” strafing a village; Marlon Brando bemoaning the horror, the horror; Martin Sheen’s phenomenal performance — is Walter Murch’s game-changing sound design, which pioneered the use of surround sound in cinema. Apocalypse Now won Coppola his second Palme d’Or of the 1970s (the first was for The Conversation). The film screens here in a new restoration, with a Dolby 5.1 sound mix, of its original release version.


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REVIEWS

"Not merely the greatest film to come out of the Vietnam experience but one of the great works about the madness of our times."

Guardian | full review

"A gilt-edged, no-messing, accept-no-substitutes masterpiece."

Little White Lies | full review

"A brilliant and bizarre film ... Offers the definitive validation to the old saw, 'war is hell.'"

Variety | full review