Apocalypse Now

Saigon. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) from the special services is given the order to go back a river in Cambogia , reach Colonnel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) and kill him. Colonel Kurtz is fighting a personal, cruel  battle. The film produce and directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1979 is loosely based on Heart  of Darkness (1902) by Anglo – Polish author Joseph Conrad. It is a very visionary and anguishing (angosciante)  film about the Vietnam War. In the film Kurz quotes (cita) different passages (versi) from T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land; the poem itself is preceded (è preceduto) by the epigraph Mistah Kurtz – he dead . It  is a movie rich in extraordinary sequences, and very complex and ambitious. Acclaimed by (accolto dai)  critics it was discussed for its cultural impact and philosophical themes. During the filming Marlon Brando’s showed up overweight (sovrappeso), Martin Sheen (Marlow) suffered a heart attack, and bad weather (Cativo tempo) destroyed several expensive sets (locazioni). It was awarded (fu premiato con ) two Oscars  – Vittorio Storaro for photography and Walter Murch for sound. In 2000 it was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry