FC @ Cannes 2019 – ‘Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut’ is the definitive version Coppola wants you to see

Posted on May 21, 2019

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Plus, Kantemir Balagov’s ‘Beanpole’, about women during wartime. And Corneliu Porumboiu’s ‘The Whistlers’.

On the 40th anniversary of APOCALYPSE NOW, director Francis Ford Coppola unveiled a version of the film he called “The Final Cut”. Speaking through a video recording before the screening, he said he was unhappy with the original (1979) release and tried to fix things with the “Redux” version (2001). And this latest cut, he said, was the definitive one. I don’t know. I think the first version is a masterwork and the 2001 re-edit was more of a “why fix what ain’t broke?” curiosity, especially with that endless interlude at the French plantation, with a ton of philosophising about war. The visceral strength of the 1979 film (which did not have that French plantation interlude) is that there no philosophy, no argument, no rationalisation. It’s just a gradual descent into madness, and when Marlon Brando appears, even his “philosophy” sounds appropriately bonkers. “The Final Cut” trims the French plantation stretch, but it still feels redundant. The thrill for me, then, was simply to watch — for the first time on the big screen — one of the most staggering achievements of the cinema.

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