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Apocalypse now

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cerri burgess

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of Apocalypse now

Introduction: "Apocalypse now bought Vietnam out of hiding.
It turned genuine accounts of the U.S imperialism
into an abstract and philisophical cinematic presentation
of good and evil"
Subtelty is director's method of propoganda in this case - Lindley Fraser

Mythical element - notion of apocalypse

U.S Army Captain Willard, played by Martin Sheen is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission of assassination on a deluded ex-General played by Marlon Brando.

The opening song: This is the End (The Doors, 1967) is quite fitting for the sequence, and the rest of the film

It was released during the Vietnam War

Ties in with main theme of the film regarding the "Apocalypse"

The song could be represented as a reflection upon the U.S

In the late 70s there was a pesimistc mood Sleeps with gun under his pillow - pessimism, paranoia?

Violence is now inherently ingrained in Captain Willard.


Politics in film, is normally associated with propoganda

What is the film trying to say?

How is it relevant to the film when put in context of the time it was made in? History:

Film can be read as historical evidence

But is it only when taking into account when it was made, not the period it was meant to represent? History "The lyrical, slow-moving opening sequence is a dazzling combination of cinematography, music and hallucinatory images from the brutal and destructive war in Vietnam. The sounds of the war chopper blades are heard and flaming sights of war are seen at the edge of a green-canopied jungle of palm trees as napalm is dropped. The mind-altering, mournful words of the soundtrack from The End: "This is the end..." (sung by 60s rock star Jim Morrison of the Doors) play over nightmarish memories of the war. Dust swirls and golden, billowing napalm flames fill the air."


New Hollywood

After Hollywood "Crisis" film industry needed change

First attempts failed

Focus on social and political upheavels to get back the audience into cinema Politics
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