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Big screen classics

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Coppola’s transposition of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness to war-torn Vietnam revels in hallucinatory spectacle.

Image from Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

USA 1979
Dir Francis Ford Coppola
With Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando
183min
Digital 4K

This visceral epic sees Martin Sheen’s captain sent upriver to ‘terminate’ a renegade colonel (Brando) who’s conducting his own war in Cambodia. Coppola’s tell-it-as-it-was approach to the Vietnam War takes its story from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and its aesthetic from hallucinatory, no-holds-barred spectacle. Here, Coppola revels in the grandiose, the bizarre, the absurd and the unnervingly ominous: war, in short, as madness.

The screening on Sun 10 Nov will be presented with Hard of Hearing Subtitles.


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