Apocalypse Now (1979) – Review by Stanley Kauffmann

2019-12-27T11:02:15+00:00December 27th, 2019|CINEMA|

When I read three years ago that Vittorio Storaro had been chosen as the cinematographer for Apocalypse Now, I was shocked. Storaro, the lush Vogue-style photographer of Last Tango in Paris and The Conformist, for a picture that was being billed as the definitive epic about Viet­nam!

Apocalypse Now: Misguided Journey to the Heart of Darkness

2019-12-27T11:02:31+00:00November 9th, 2019|CINEMA|

Though inspired by Joseph Conrad’s classic tale Heart of Darkness, Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is the kind of film we don’t ordinarily think of as an adaptation. And not simply because of its change of tide. It doesn’t acknowledge its literary source in its credits—they simply read: “Screenplay by John Milius and Francis Coppola; Narration by Michael Herr.”

The Power of Adaptation in Apocalypse Now

2019-12-27T11:02:51+00:00November 8th, 2019|CINEMA|

In The Power of Adaptation in "Apocalypse Now" Marsha Kinder critically compares and contrasts the film and the novel. In this article, Kinder states that "Coppola rarely hesitates to change Conrad's story-setting, events, characters-whenever the revision is required by the Vietnam context."

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Review by William Cadbury

2019-12-27T11:03:05+00:00November 12th, 2018|CINEMA|

What does Apocalypse Now mean—the film as we have it, considering the minimal difference between the 35mm version with the title sequence and the 70mm version without, but ignoring all the pre­release stories and versions, preliminary scripts, and encrusted commentary?

‘The Godfather’ and the Decline of Marlon Brando – Review by Stanley Kauffmann

2019-10-09T08:50:58+01:00March 2nd, 2018|CINEMA|

Hurricane Marlon is sweeping the country, and I wish it were more than hot air. A tornado of praise—cover stories and huzzahs—blasts out the news that Brando is giving a marvelous performance as Don Corleone in The Godfather, the lapsed Great Actor has regained himself, and so on. As a Brando-watcher for almost 30 years, I’d like to agree.

THE GODFATHER: THE RESURRECTION OF DON BRANDO – Review by Richard Schickel

2018-02-03T19:23:51+00:00February 3rd, 2018|CINEMA|

There’s nothing fun or funny to be found here. It offers us only the absorption of good acting and good storytelling combined with a plausible anthropology of a strange, terribly relevant culture. What more could we possibly want from a movie? How often, these days, do we get anything like all that?

THE GODFATHER: HOW BRANDO BROUGHT DON CORLEONE TO LIFE – BY JOSEPH GELMIS

2020-05-02T12:23:10+01:00February 3rd, 2018|CINEMA|

And then there was Marion Brando, against all the odds, cast in one of filmdom’s juiciest roles, as mob chief Don Vito Corleone. He was eased in, despite stiff opposition from the studio brass, because of the advocacy of a thirtyish fan, Francis Ford Coppola, an Italian-American who happened to be the director of The Godfather. Once he got the part, Brando in turn helped Coppola maintain camaraderie during the frenzied three-month shooting by kibitzing with the cast and establishing a fatherly relationship.