Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
An intimate look at the making of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 classic Apocalypse Now, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse combines the usual documentary interviews with outtakes from the film and rare documentary footage, some shot on the set by Eleanor Coppola. Not long after the arrival of Francis Ford Coppola and crew in the Philippines, the shooting schedule begins spiraling out of control; the film's cost has soon far surpassed the original budget, with the ending still unwritten. As the problems mount, from lead Martin Sheen's heart attack to the disappearance of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fascinating 1991 postmortem on the making of Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The making of a film has never been documented with more penetration and truth than in Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"For a portrait of cinematic obsession and unbridled megalomania... one would be hard pressed to find a more satisfying piece of work than Hearts of Darkness"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"We come away from the documentary with a profound admiration for Coppola, if only because he didn't kill himself or someone else."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"One of the best documentaries ever made, more fascinating an exploration of obsession than the film it's about."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"At once anecdotal and revealing, this excellent film both illuminates the catastrophes that beset one particular project, and shows, by way of comparison, exactly what American film has foregone since the '70s."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"As the portrait of an artist in crisis, Hearts of Darkness is unparalleled."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"It does a good job of painting an honest portrait of out-of-control egos and the excess of Hollywood in the '70s, while also being informative and entertaining."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is an interesting docu but some important issues are missing, such as Coppola's infidelity during the shoot and the question of whether or not the chaos on the set had bearing on the artistic quality of Apocalypse Now, acknowledged as a masterpiece"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hearts of Darkness gives a privileged glimpse of the artist's hell, but it also says something about grace."
‑ Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
"There have been few sharper portraits of the film maker as alchemist than Hearts of Darkness: A Film Maker's Apocalypse."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Harrowing and funny, a fine film on its own, Hearts leaves us with a new appreciation for the Vietnam War epic it documents."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"There is something very carnal about watching the production fall apart and see the reputation of Coppola hang in the balance."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"A phenomenal documentary about one of the most notorious film shoots of all time."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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