1979, Francis Coppola, USA, 147 min. With Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duval.
- Sat, Feb 17th 3:00pm
- Tue, Feb 20th 6:00pm
"A masterpiece...a grand and grave and insanely inspired gesture of filmmaking." — Roger Ebert
"Not merely the greatest film to come out of the Vietnam experience but one of the great works about the madness of our times." — Philip French, The Observer
No disrespect to THE DEER HUNTER, PLATOON, and FULL METAL JACKET, but Coppola’s eccentric epic stands as the Vietnam War movie. Over time, its apparent flaws have come to seem integral to its semi-hallucinogenic form, much of which was molded by unforeseen disasters and gut instinct. Transposing Joseph Conrad’s jungle odyssey "Heart of Darkness" from the Congo to Vietnam, the plot centers on a black ops mission to locate and terminate a colonel who has gone rogue on the wrong side of the Cambodian border. With its catalogue of legendary set pieces, pioneering surround-sound design, dazzling widescreen cinematography, and ultimately impenetrable density, APOCALYPSE NOW is a film that deserves to be seen and re-seen on the big screen. 4K DCP digital restoration of the original-release version, courtesy of American Zoetrope. (MR)
Tuesday lecture by Nora Annesley Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago