A radio message from the Andromeda galaxy, over a million light years away, is picked up by a radio telescope, and turns out to be the blueprints and assembly instructions for an alien supercomputer. When the supercomputer is turned on, it builds a beautiful woman, whose mind is partly alien. There was a sequel, about a second Andromeda computer being assembled in South America, with pretty much the same production team, but with Susan Hampshire replacing Julie Christie.
While some critics found the film belabored and muddled, most agreed that it was a powerful and important examination not only of America's military involvement in Vietnam, but like Conrad 's novel, a disturbing treatment of the darkness potentially inherent in all human hearts.
As the film's title suggests, Coppola explores the ways in which the metaphorical "darkness" of Vietnam causes an apocalypse in the hearts of those sent there to fight. Coppola retained the basic structure of Conrad's novel for his film.
As Heart of Darkness follows Marlow 's journey through the different Company stations and eventually upriver to KurtzCoppola's film moves in an analogous way. The protagonist is an Army Captain Willard who receives his orders, gathers his crew, and creeps up the Nung River until he meets and assassinates a renegade soldier Col.
Both the Company and the Army want their "Kurtzes" dead, because both Kurtzes detest and expose their superiors' motives and methods.
Their willingness to go all the way terrifies their superiors, who do not want to be so blatantly reminded of their real goals ivory in the Heart of Darkness and power in Apocalypse Now and methods of attaining them. Like Conrad's Company, Coppola's Army is a disorganized band of men whose hypocrisy is questioned by the central characters.
As the Company masquerades as a philanthropic and humane institution bringing "light" to Africa recall Kurtz's paintingthe Army as embodied by General Corman and Colonel Lucas, the men who give Willard his mission pretends to be greatly disturbed by the fact that Col.
Kurtz has broken from their command and begun fighting the war in his own way.
The Army has charged Col. Kurtz with the murder of four Vietnamese double agents, which is the ostensible reason why they want to "terminate" his command. Walter Kurtz has obviously reached his. As Marlow's jaunt to Africa becomes much more to him than an adventure, so does Willard's mission to kill Col.
Kurtz become more than an order: Willard, like Marlow, becomes more perceptive to the moral darkness around him as the film proceeds. An important difference between these characters, however, is that Willard begins the film as a man already accustomed to the "horror" around him.
The opening shots of the film reveal Willard in a Saigon hotel; on his nightstand is a gun he has already considered suicide and he explains, in a voice-over, that he was unable to adjust to life in the United States after his first tour of duty.
Coppola then presents the viewer with a montage of Willard screaming, crying, and smashing a mirror to show how desperately Willard needs a mission to give his life some purpose.
Another difference is that Marlow wanted to explore "the blank places" on a map to satisfy his thirst for adventure, but Willard needs a mission so that he doesn't become as he fears "weaker.
Kurtz poses to the Army deserves further investigation. Like Conrad's Kurtz, he was a "prodigy":Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback.
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By focusing on their endings and on the character of Kurtz, contrasting the meanings of the horror in each media emerges. Comparing Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now Words | 9 Pages.
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