Masterpiece Films: Apocalypse Now

Relive the horror of the Vietnam war with this timeless cinematic treasure

Albums are hardly the only art form to be declared masterpieces. How many teachers have said the same about books? Or museums with rare art? Films are no different, which is why we brought in the very wise and very noble Leah Pickett to host our most excellent new video series, Masterpiece Films. So, join us in the luxurious Music Box Lounge, where we discuss the greatest stories to ever hit celluloid.

Francis Ford Coppola’s epic 1979 release, Apocalypse Now, almost led the director to committing suicide. The suspenseful Vietnam war drama was riddled with production issues, including weather destroying the elaborate sets, lead actor Martin Sheen suffering from a near-fatal heart attack while filming, and Marlon Brando arriving on set overweight when his now iconic character, Col. Kurtz, was originally supposed to be built.

In the end, however, the film was released to critical acclaim. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and is widely considered to be not just one of the greatest war films but one of the greatest films of all time.

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