Initial DVD releaseNovember 20, 2007 CountryUnited States
Eleanor Coppola Release dateNovember 27, 1991 (1991-11-27) WriterFax Bahr, George Hickenlooper DirectorsEleanor Coppola, George Hickenlooper, Fax Bahr NominationsDirectors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Documentaries CastFrancis Ford Coppola (Himself), Eleanor Coppola (Herself), John Milius (Himself), George Lucas (Himself), Sam Bottoms (Himself), Albert Hall (Himself) Similar moviesKid Kulafu, They Call Him Mister Babadook: The Making of The Babadook, Bloody Business: Making The Long Good Friday, Making 'The New World', The Making of Silent Running, Everyday I Love You
TaglineThe magic and madness of making Apocalypse Now
Hearts of darkness a filmmaker s apocalypse 1991
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse is a 1991 documentary film about the production of the 1979 epic Vietnam War feature film Apocalypse Now. The original movie which the documentary is about was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starred Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall.
Excerpt hearts of darkness a filmmaker s apocalypse fax bahr and george hickenlooper 1991
The title is derived from the source material for Apocalypse Now, the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness. Using behind-the-scenes footage, and narrated by Eleanor Coppola, it chronicles how production problems including bad weather, actors' health and other issues delayed the film, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola. In 1990, Eleanor Coppola turned her material over to two young filmmakers, George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr (co-creator of MADtv), who then shot new interviews with the original cast and crew and intercut them with her existing material. After a year of editing, Hickenlooper, Bahr, and Coppola debuted their film at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival to universal critical acclaim.
Originally aired on television in the United States, Hearts of Darkness won several awards: The National Board of Review, USA award for "Best Documentary", 1991, an American Cinema Editors award for "Best Edited Documentary", 1992, two Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards for "Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Directing" and "Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Picture Editing", 1992, and the International Documentary Association award, 1992.
Home video release
Hearts of Darkness was released by Paramount Home Video on VHS and LaserDisc in 1992, with further re-releases occurring in 1994 and 1998. Paramount later released the film on DVD on November 20, 2007. The DVD version includes a commentary track from both Eleanor and Francis Coppola (although each was recorded separately) and a bonus documentary entitled Coda, about Coppola's film Youth Without Youth.
It currently is available on Blu-ray in the Full Disclosure edition alongside both the Theatrical Version and the Redux Version of Apocalypse Now, released on October 2010.