Apocalypse Now*

  • 1979 ----- color ----- 153 min ----- vhs///
  • (Directed by Francis Coppola, based on the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad; with Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Larry Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Scott Glenn, and Marlon Brando) "Apocalypse stands . . . as a grand and grave and insanely inspired gesture of filmmaking of moments that are operatic in their style and scope, and of other moments so silent we can almost hear the director thinking to himself." --Roger Ebert. Special agent Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) journeys up river into Cambodia with orders to find and kill errant officer Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), leading him (and the viewer) on a mesmerizing odyssey of turbulent, often surreal encounters. The conclusion--when he does find Kurtz--is cerebral and murky, yet it remains a mysterious journey through warfare and reality. (Closed-Captioned) [Letterboxed] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Far Eastern Studies, History: American, History: Asian, Literature, Motion Pictures: Features, Southeast Asian Studies, Third World, War and Peace)