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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 […]

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Reappreciation Society: The Wind And The Lion

Writer / director John Milius counts The Wind And The Lion as one of his own favourite works; it’s a highly engaging, witty and old school adventurous examination of many of the Hollywood maverick’s marshal fascinations. It has been referred to as a cross between Lawrence of Arabia and The Wild Bunch – a comparison Milius no doubt ensures remains in […]

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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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Behind The Bamboo Curtain: Apocalypse Now Revealed

Secondary school. Shit. I’m still only in secondary school. I vividly remember where I was the first time I saw Apocalypse Now. It was in our school amphitheatre during a lull towards the end of term, when traditionally the big telly would be wheeled out and a film was put in the video top loader […]

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