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The Doors Of Perception: Apocalypse Now’s Ghost Helicopter Flyover

The opening of Apocalypse Now is a phantasmagorical  fusion of imagery and sound, a strange glimpse into the mind of its hero Willard (Martin Sheen); as The End by The Doors opens, helicopter rotors swoop slowly, hypnotically in from the corner of the audience’s perception, then behind, over a jungle canopy that bursts into flame, like a deadly flower. […]

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Notes From The Frontline: 1979 Rolling Stone Interview With Apocalypse Now Director Francis Ford Coppola

It’s incredible to think how Apocalypse Now started out in the minds of  George Lucas, John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola as a cheap, verite, band on the run type feature. Sound designer Walter Murch recalled Coppola’s exhausted feelings after directing The Godfather PtII: “Why do films always have to be this way for me? Why do I […]


Scene Is Believing: The Godfather

  Arguably the most pivotal scene of The Godfather is when Michael (Al Pacino) takes the irrevocable step to cast aside his ideals in an attempt to save his family, by gunning down gangster Sollozo (Al Lettieri) and crooked police Captain McCloskey (Sterling Hayden). It is all the more surprising how powerful Pacino’s performance is […]


Francis Ford Coppola recovers “lost” Apocalypse Now footage

Now this is something. Speaking at a media appearance in Tokyo ahead of his imminent receipt of the Praemium Imperiale, Japan’s highest arts award, Francis Ford Coppola was presented with two unexpected gifts by the shyly hovering owner of the Tamagawa Inn, the Tokyo hotel where, during production of Apocalypse Now in the mid to late […]

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Put on Psy-War-Op, Make It Loud – How Walter Murch Wagner-ed The Shit Out Of Apocalypse Now

Recently Walter Murch, sound designer and sound editor on Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, told Nautilus the convoluted tale of how he hoped to secure the 1965 Georg Solti recording of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” to accompany the iconic helicopter attack on the Viet Cong held village, a major highlight of the film. According to […]

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