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  • Conrad's Heart Of Darkness
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    In the opening scenes of the documentary film 'Hearts of Darkness-A Filmmaker's Apocalypse,' Eleanor Coppola describes her husband Francis's film, 'Apocalypse Now,' as being 'loosely based' on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Indeed, 'loosely' is the word; the period, setting, and circumstances of the film are totally different from those of the novella. The question, therefore, is whether any of Conrad's classic story of savagery and madness is extant in its cinematic reworking. It is this qu...
  • Joseph Conrad And Apocalypse Now A Movie
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    Heart of Darkness written by Joseph Conrad and 'Apocalypse Now' a movie directed by Francis Coppola are two works that parallel one another but at the same time reflect their own era in time and their creator's own personal feelings and prejudices. 'Apocalypse Now' was released in 1979 after two years in the making, as Coppola's modern interpretation to Joseph Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness (Harris). Conrad's book is an excellent example of the advances writers and philosophers made in the ni...
  • Willard Stalks Kurtz In Apocalypse Now
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    Compare and Contrast: Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now Inherent inside every human soul is a savage evil side that remains repressed by society. Often this evil side breaks out during times of isolation from our culture, and whenever one culture confronts another. History is loaded with examples of atrocities that have occurred when one culture comes into contact with another. Whenever fundamentally different cultures meet, there is often a fear of contamination and loss of self that leads u...
  • Kurtz And The Vietnam Vets
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    Vietnam was a war fought by the unwillingly, for the ungrateful, led by the unqualified. Apocalypse Now is Coppolas film based on Heart of Darkness, but set in the Vietnam jungle. The major theme in the novel is the examination of Americas involvement, militarily, in Vietnam. However, like Conrads novel, it also shows the potential inherent darkness in all human hearts. Coppola retains the basic structure of Conrads novel for his film. As Marlow, in Heart of Darkness, travels up the Congo eventu...
  • Coppola's Apocalypse Now
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    Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now takes us on Captain Benjamin Willard's journey into Cambodia where he is sent to "terminate with extreme prejudice" the once brilliant Colonel Kurtz. It is apparent that Kurtz has gone insane, waging a personal war with the Vietnamese using native troops who also happen to worship him as a god. As Willard travels up the Nang River he takes a journey into the darkest corners of his own mind, finding himself increasingly becoming the man that he has been sent ...

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