Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse is a 1991 American documentary film about the production of Apocalypse Now, the 1979 Vietnam War epic directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Hearts of Darkness:
A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Hearts of Darkness, A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Written by
  • Fax Bahr
  • George Hickenlooper
Starring
Music byTodd Boekelheide
Edited by
  • Michael Greer
  • Jay Miracle
Production
company
Distributed byTriton Pictures (United States)
Cineplex Odeon Films (Canada)
Odyssey Communications (Non-U.S.)
Release date
‹See TfM›
  • November 27, 1991 (1991-11-27)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Synopsis and productionEdit

Hearts of Darkness chronicles how production problems—among them bad weather, actors' poor health, and other issues—delayed the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of its director, Francis Ford Coppola.

The documentary was begun by Coppola's wife, Eleanor Coppola, who narrated behind-the-scenes footage. In 1990, Coppola turned her material over to two young filmmakers, George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr (co-creator of MADtv), who subsequently shot new interviews with the original cast and crew, and intercut them with Eleanor Coppola's material. After a year of editing, Hickenlooper, Bahr, and Coppola debuted their film at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival[2] to universal critical acclaim.[citation needed]

The title is derived from the Joseph Conrad 1899 novella Heart of Darkness, the source material for Apocalypse Now.

AwardsEdit

Originally aired on the Showtime Network in the United States, Hearts of Darkness won several awards, among them the National Board of Review award for Best Documentary, 1991; an American Cinema Editors society award for Best Edited Documentary (1992); two Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards for "Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Directing" and "Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Picture Editing" (1992), and the International Documentary Association award (1992).

Home mediaEdit

Hearts of Darkness was released by Paramount Home Video on VHS and LaserDisc in 1992, with further re-releases occurring in 1994 and 1998. Paramount later released the film on DVD on November 20, 2007.[3] That version includes a commentary track from both Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola, recorded separately, and a bonus documentary entitled Coda, about Coppola's film Youth Without Youth.

The film is also available on Blu-ray in the Full Disclosure (2010) and Final Cut (2019) editions of Apocalypse Now.[4]

Cultural referencesEdit

A quote from the Coppola interview shown at the beginning of the film ("We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane") is sampled in UNKLE's song "UNKLE (Main Title Theme)", and also in the Cabaret Voltaire song "Project80" (as part of a larger sample from that interview).

Hearts of Dartmouth: Life of a Trailer Park Girl is a documentary about the making of the TV series Trailer Park Boys. It was directed and narrated by Annemarie Cassidy, then-wife of Trailer Park Boys director Mike Clattenburg.

An episode of the cartoon Animaniacs, "Hearts of Twilight", was a parody of the documentary.

The TV comedy Community referenced the documentary in the episode "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux", in which two characters say "Hearts of Darkness is way better than Apocalypse Now."[citation needed]

On the DVD commentary of Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reveal that Casey Affleck's line "I swallowed a bug" is a reference to Marlon Brando's line in the documentary. In the Joss Whedon film Serenity, River Tam has the same line.[citation needed]

The 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder parodies both Hearts of Darkness and Apocalypse Now.

The animated series Eek! The Cat also did a parody episode "Eekpocalypse Now!" Season 2, Episode 5A.

See alsoEdit

Other documentaries about troubled movie productions:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HEARTS OF DARKNESS". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved December 3, 2017
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  3. ^ "Home Cinema @ The Digital Fix - Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (R1) in November". Dvdtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  4. ^ "Apocalypse Now Blu-ray: Full Disclosure Edition". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 2017-11-11.

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