Apocalypse now and forever
Review of Apocalypse Now (1979) movie, by Stefan Stenudd
Mythical grounds. The water of the subconscious, the jungle of irrationality - man's curse and blessing in one.
Marlon Brando is divine in his acting. As soon as he appears, the long time leading up to it just disappears, and he is a demon, a monster from the beyond - still, so real, so true as an archetype of human dignity, maybe the most fundamental of our talents, gone awry. The horror.
This is the first time I see the film, in 2003, more than 20 years after it premiered. I chose to wait. So many movies deteriorate in a much shorter period than that, but this one, I dare say, is enforced by time, and will continue to be.
4 February 2003
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