The untold truth of Apocalypse Now
"My film is not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam." This is how Francis Ford Coppola described his masterpiece, Apocalypse Now, to the press covering the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, where the film made its debut. It may seem like a grandiose statement, but the war in Vietnam was a conflict that dragged on longer than anyone expected, saw insane amounts of drug abuse and brutality, and forced everyone involved to examine their very souls in ways that none before it had. The same things can be said of Coppola's film.
Let's examine some of the lesser-known details behind the greatest war movie ever made, one that nearly destroyed the man who created it and many of those around him, a stunning artistic examination of one of the greatest wounds to ever be inflicted on the American psyche—Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.