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June 7, 2016

Episode 274: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Special Guest: Fax Bahr
Guest Co-Host: Paul Zimmerman, Rich Edwards

We get off the boat and go all the way on this episode about Francis Ford Coppola's landmark 1979 Vietnam film Apocalypse Now. Based on a script by , the making of the film is nearly as fascinating as the film itself. To that end, Fax Bahr, director of Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse discusses the creation of the fascinating and illuminating documentary about Apocalypse Now

Professor Rich Edwards and former Film Threat editor Paul Zimmerman join Mike to examine the film, the "Redux" version, the nearly five-hour assembly version, and many of the parodies that the film has inspired from Porklips Now to Apocalypse Pooh and more.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Apocalypse Now: The Disclosure Edition on Blu-Ray
Watch Apocalypse Now: The Workprint
Buy Notes: The Making of Apocalypse Now by Eleanor Coppola
Buy The Apocalypse Now Book by Peter Cowie
Buy Apocalypse Now Scene-by-Scene by John David Ebert
Buy Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Buy Porklips Now on DVD
Buy Virgin Noir (Indie Legends of the 1990s Volume 1: Icons) by Paul Zimmerman
Read The Holy Grail of Workprints: The Five Hour Rough Version of Apocalypse Now on Cinephilia and Beyond
Read Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now Must Be the Key Lecture in Anyone's Filmmaking Education on Cinephilia and Beyond
Read Napalm in the Morning storyboards for the Ride of the Valkyries scene
Read The New Cinema: A Fascinating Documentary on the Restructuring of 1960x Hollywood on Cinephilia and Beyond
Keep up with Rich Edwards at Noircast.net

"Apocalypse Now" - Koto
"Charlie Don't Surf" - The Clash
"Holiday in Cambodia" - The Dead Kennedys



  1. The Foreign ViewerJun 13, 2016, 11:06:00 AM

    Just like Hearts of Darkness, your behind the scenes story about the interviews you couldn't get is as interesting as the episode. Great guests. Fax Bahr sounds like a cool guy, but his name is one of the fakest-sounding real names I think I ever heard. :D Rob Lowe's crass but beautifully animated canceled retro-1980s action parody show "Moonbeam City (2015)" parodied Hearts of Darkness in its second episode - Lights! Camera! Reenaction! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5058212/reference .
    Take care and all the best. :)

  2. The sound quality of this podcast was, to put it bluntly, garbage. It is a testament to the quality of the content that I endured what was often a painful listening experience to make it all the way through the podcast. Really great work but really poor production. I look forward to listening to more of y'all's work and will also be kicking some money to the podcast.

    1. Interesting. This is the first I've heard that this didn't sound so good. I know Rich's audio cut out some but I thought I made that sound a little better than it was. Can you listen to another recent episode and see if that sounds as bad to you? I'm definitely interesting in making improvements.

    2. Thanks for the quick response. I tried downloading it a couple of times and also listening to it directly. It only seems to have been this episode. I listened to the Battlefield Earth episode yesterday (also excellent BTW) and the sound was fine. I have three or four more downloaded that I'll be listening to over the next couple of days.

    3. I'll investigate but I'm glad that other episodes are sounding okay. Thank you!

  3. Harrison Ford's character is named Lucas. Coincidence?

  4. Excellent episode as usual.
    My favorite part was the subtle Kenneth Anger reference.

  5. Glad you incuded the Criswell video, his interpretation is very interesting. Heres hoping that his legal issues with the Kubrick estate are resolved.

  6. Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow. Absolutely blistering show. Wow. So well orchestrated, so well structured, amazing guests. One of the best I've heard. It's a delight to contribute to such a high class operation. Wow.

    My parents snuck me into the University theatre in '79. I was 14. Before people were in their seats the movie just started. The very definition of epic. Have never fully recovered. For me that's the definitive version.

    And the sound on the program was lovely.

  7. I was surprised no one mentioned the Seinfeld parody where Mr. Peterman was in some foreign country and spoke creepily like Kurtz.