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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Commentaries on this disc:
Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor Coppola
Rating:7.0/10 (7 votes) [
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Reviewed by reidca on May 14th, 2008
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Francis Coppola indicates that this commentary was recorded so that he could present his version of certain events (such as Martin Sheen's heart attack) that he feels were misrepresented in the documentary. Despite this, he very rarely presents any compelling arguments counter to the documentary, and just generally seems to be embarrassed by the whole picture. Nevertheless, he says some interesting remarks to say about his creative control over the documentary and muses over the future of cinema at the conclusion: "What hope is there for the cinema? The horror, the horror."
In contrast, Eleanor Coppola is very articulate, interesting and dominates the track. She talks about Francis giving her the job of documenting the film, learning to use the 16mm camera, keeping out of camera angles on-set and trying to secure an interview with Marlon Brando.
The track is very well edited as their comments often naturally flow from one speaker to another - you begin to realise that this would not have worked if they were recorded in the same room together!
This is a difficult commentary to recommend as there are many long pauses and is only very occasionally screen specific. This one is for the die-hard fans only.
Reviewed by Gatsby on November 8th, 2011
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Just bought the deluxe Blu Ray and decided to startt with Hearts of Darkness as I'd seen the film many times (Never seen Redux though)
Francis Coppola is slightly too obsessed with getting his side over and doesn't really say much (but then neither does the documentray)
The main thing I took from this was disappointmet Orson Welles didn't get to make his film too.
One for completists only.
Reviewed by musíl65 on August 19th, 2015
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Most of the time Eleanora is talking. She talks about how this documentary came about, her family situation at the time, the actors and the reaction of the studio because of the delay of shooting. She has good points about Brando the lazy bone. A big release of this documentary was never planned. She sees some things differently than Francis.
Francis talks only from time to time. He don’t like the movie. He makes corrections about his statements in the movie, especially to Sheen’s heart attack.
There are some gaps, but the track is solid. 8 out of 10.
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