Apocalypse Now


Inspired by the classic Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness (already a lost project by Orson Welles), this Vietnam epic directed by Francis Ford Coppola began with a first draft by John Milius in 1969 entitled The Psychedelic Soldier. It took ten years for the ambitious project to reach the big screen after a turbulent, lengthy production as fascinating as the film itself. Apocalypse Now went on to win Oscars for its cinematography and sound, and today it is regarded as a supremely powerful war film and an unflinching look into the darkest recesses of the human soul.

Featuring highlights from the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive.

Francis Ford Coppola
Casting Apocalypse Now
The Opening of Apocalypse Now
Shot in the Philippines
Mapping Apocalypse Now
Eleanor Coppola
The Alternate Ending of Apocalypse Now
Shooting in the Philippines
The Flight of the Valkyries
A New Picture by Francis Ford Coppola
Apocalypse Now's First Test Screening
The Art of Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now Abroad
Apocalypse Now in Japan
Apocalypse Now Wins Best Sound
Vittorio Storaro
Apocalypse Now Redux
A Letter from Francis Ford Coppola
The Irving G. Thalberg Award