film: Coppola on Apocalypse Now


I just watched the excellent Hearts of Darkness tonight, a documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. I loved this observation from Coppola on his state of mind during the filming of Apocalypse Now.

A film director is kinda one of the last truly dictatorial posts left in a world getting more and more democratic. So, y’know, that plus being in a distant oriental country, the fact that, uh, pretty much it was my own money and that I was making it on the crest of the acclaim of the Godfather films, y’know and I was wealthy … did contribute to a state of mind that was like Kurtz.¬†

For some reason best known to the makers of the documentary and its distributors, a DVD version has never been released to my knowledge. Which is a terrible shame because both the subject matter and the documentary-making are really gripping and a must-see for any fan of the movie.