The feature film The Apocalypse Now is built on the theme of war in Vietnam and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who also wrote a script for the movie. The film is based on a story by J Conrad Heart of Darkness. The events take place in Indochina. The film impressed the audience with its scope, scale, and epic. The film made a great impact, putting forward such sociological topics as globalization, clash of civilizations, cultural contact, marginalization, and war.
Coppola shot his film as the Americans fought a war – in this sense The Apocalypse Now is the best possible evidence – with the same lack of sense of proportion, with the same redundancy of funds, with the same terrible frankness, and with the same success. War as an endless destruction, war as a technological and psychedelic fantasy, war as a series of special effects, war that became a movie before it was shot. War disappears in the technological test, and for Americans it is firs of all is a testing ground, a giant platform for testing their weapons, their methods, and their power.
Coppola’s film is a continuation of war by other means, the completion of this unfinished war, its apotheosis. The war became a film, the film became a war, and both have united with technology.
Initially the film was intended as a global, historical event, in which, according to the author, the Vietnam War was supposed to be pictured as it was – a phantom. And we must have believed that the Vietnam War itself may never had taken place, it was a fantasy, whimsical fantasy about napalm and the tropics, psychotropic delirium, which goal was not to achieve victory or some political goal, but rather, a sacrificial and excessive deployment of power.
The Vietnam War and the film were made from the same cloth, nothings separates them. The film is part of the war, and if the Americans lost the war (at first sight) they certainly won that one in the movie. The Apocalypse Now is a victory on a world scale. Film’s strength is equal to or even greater than the power of the military and industrial complexes, equal to or even greater than the power of the Pentagon and the entire government.
The film is not without interest: it retrospectively illuminates what this war has from the madness of the irrational in political terms: the Americans and the Vietnamese have reconciled; immediately after the end of hostilities the Americans have offered them their economic assistance; they destroyed the jungle and the city, in the same way as today, they shoot their movies.
The feature film The Apocalypse Now is built on the theme of war in Vietnam and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who also wrote a script for the movie. The film is based on a story by J Conrad Heart of Darkness. The events take place in Indochina. The film impressed the audience with its scope, scale, and epic.