Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)

Film Studies

Remote Classroom:
Apocalypse(s) Then and Now:
Coppola’s Classic Four Decades on

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 6:30 pm (75-90 minutes)  
Instructor: Paul Wright, Ph.D., Department of English, Cabrini University

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 masterpiece began life in 1969 as an ambitious Vietnam-era reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. It was not Coppola who first wrote upwards of a thousand pages worth of drafts for the screenplay; it was Coppola’s friend John Milius. Coppola would in time buy the rights to produce the film, although both Milius and Coppola thought of George Lucas as the right director for it. By the mid-1970s, with both Lucas and Milius on to other projects, Coppola opted to undertake the herculean task of directing what would become one of the most tumultuous and seemingly doomed productions in cinema history. In this seminar, we will explore the genesis of the film in terms of both its literary and cinematic roots, as well as the years of production drama captured most famously in Eleanor Coppola’s 1991 documentary, Hearts of Darkness. We will also discuss the artistic and thematic impact of choices Coppola made in the various cuts of his film—from the original theatrical release to the later releases known as Apocalypse Now Redux and Apocalypse Now Final Cut.

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$15 for members, $20 for non-members

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  • Tuesday, August 18 · 6:30 pm