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Old December 3 2012, 12:27 PM   #1241
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

187. Apocalypse Now (A)
188. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (A)

Apocalypse Now: Call me crazy, but I prefer the longer Redux version of this film to the theatrical cut. The additions to Willard's journey up river make the film more mythic and better underscore the thematic underpinnings of the movie. Still, the theatrical version remains a powerful movie with two or three deservedly iconic sequences.

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse: Twenty years on, this film remains the apotheosis of the making-of documentary, and it's hard to imagine something surpassing it. Mainly, it's a matter of access; Eleanor Coppola was able to shoot dozens of contentious incidents during the making of the film that, at best, other making of pieces might only get pieces of or report second hand. More unusual are her audio recordings of her husband's near mental disintegration during the making of the film, which offer an insight into the film-making process that is without the benefit (or hindrance) of hindsight or personal censorship.

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