He wanted Steve McQueen for the role of Willard, McQueen refused. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. It is not about war so much as about how war reveals truths we would be happy never to discover. He blamed himself and ordered a news black-out on Sheen's illness. The very idea of the film had begun in a fit of pique. Sheen was off work for six weeks and was uneasy about returning.
By and large, the dialogue and the very scenes themselves were being made up as they went along. The 900-man cast and crew stood idle for weeks on end while Brando and Coppola struggled with the proper interpretation of his role. Some of his other famous poster art includes Excalibur, The Spy Who Loved Me, My Fair Lady and Superman. Vittorio Storaro won an Oscar for the cinematography in this film and it's hard to not see why. Coppola shot an unprecedented for the movie, and came upon the opening shot by accident during the post-production editing process. They pored over Conrad, books about mythology and T. Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson and Steve McQueen all turned him down - possibly because of the unappealing prospect of four months on location in a remote jungle.
In that sense, the role of Kurtz fitted him like a glove, unlike the Special Forces uniform he was expected to squeeze his ballooning 20- stone body into. He wouldnʼt appear with him even if they were in the same scene. Coppola suffered an epileptic seizure while shooting, had a nervous breakdown, and allegedly threatened to commit suicide at least three times. Shooting in the Philippines had itʼs own problems. When Coppola finally got him on the subject of how to play Kurtz, Brando rejected all of his ideas, including the suggestion to play him as a bald man like in the book.
I am not at all interested in anything in between. A conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola. There were too many of us. The final version of the film features a more stripped-down, introspective conclusion. What drives Kurtz mad is his discovery of this. He seized on the Vietnam War, from which the United States had ignominiously just exited after more than a decade of brutal fighting in which nearly 60,000 Americans were killed and 300,000 wounded.
Army officer Martin Sheen sent from Saigon to assassinate a power-crazed Special Forces colonel Marlon Brando who has flipped and set himself up in his own native kingdom deep in the Cambodian rain-forest. Coppola, the director, was in up to his neck from the very start. Instead, Coppola created the on the spot, giving Hopper a peasant shirt, necklaces, and a bunch of cameras to hang from his neck. The problems piled up, of which the rogue tiger that came out of the jungle and stalked the set was just a minor inconvenience. The Hypocrisy of Western Imperialism Apocalypse Now continually spotlights the ironies that accompanied the Vietnam War in particular and western imperialism in general. I do not mean to equate the misery of those hopeless people with a movie; that would be indecent.
Milius attempted to volunteer for the U. At first Kurtz's face is in complete darkness accept for a back light that illuminates the back of his shaved head. In the opening scenes, Willard has a violent mental breakdown brought on by heavy drinking. The boat chief wants to take her for medical treatment. The great cinematographer shows them as little human specks at the foot of towering trees, and this is a Joseph Conrad moment, showing how nature dwarfs us.
Since his character was supposed to be a lean and hardened fighting man, slimming would have to be achieved by clever filming. He is dressed in black and his face is always in shadow. A bigger obstacle was when a real war intervened. The music underlines surrealistic moments, as when Lance , one of Willard's crew, water-skis behind the boat. Beggs created the first helicopter heard on a Moog synthesizer. When Al Pacino, who owed his stardom to the chance Coppola gave him in The Godfather, followed suit, the furious director hurled his five Oscars out of the window of his San Francisco home in frustration.
Helicopters can position themselves and swoop and go in circles; they are kind of circular beings. He'd had to put millions of his own dollars into the project in order to get the studios to back it while still allowing him creative control over the final product - a vanity he had insisted on. Often they were handed schedules of the day's shooting that simply said 'Scenes unknown'. With America this week committing 30,000 more troops to the Afghan war in what some fear could be a reprise of Vietnam, its themes are more relevant than ever. His absence caused more delays in the filming schedule, which was now stretching out indefinitely. The script had been torn up a long while ago. We were in the jungle.