“Apocalypse Now”: Wartime Lunacy

I loved my recent re-reading Michael Wood’s essay about Francis Ford Coppola‘s 1979 movie, “Apocalypse Now”: ‘What Coppola has pictured here is the casual everyday lunacy of the war in Vietnam, and the unearthly, overwhelming power of American hardware: guns, bombs, flares, jets, helicopters, beachcraft. Mary McCarthy wrote that “the technological gap between us and the North Vietnamese constituted, we thought, an advantage which obliged us not to quit.” Both the gap and the murderous obligation are everywhere in the film.’

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