June 3, 2017
This video essay teases out the thematic links shared by Apocalypse Now and Silence, and finds two films that are almost mirror images of each other.
Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam epic, had a famously troubled production that could have cost the director the farm (literally) had it not been a massive hit. Likewise, Silence, the recent Martin Scorsese film, had a less manic, but just as harrowing journey to the big screen, taking over 25 years to be realized. Both movies were made by filmmakers who are famous for their films on organized crime, and neither director is a stranger to long and tricky productions, but according to this video essay from Jack’s Movie Reviews, that’s just the most superficial of similarities between the two. (Note: There Will Be Spoilers.)