APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX
SBS ONE, Saturday, 8.30pm, MA15+ ( 1979)
Francis Ford Coppola’s dissection of the Vietnam War is a bravura feat of filmmaking, in which he transposes Joseph Conrad’s classic 1902 novella, Heart of Darkness, to create a microcosmic depiction of humanity gone amok. The performances are immense ( Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper and Marlon Brando, above, are indelible) while the journey itself transcends conventional narrative storytelling. Redux, Coppola’s re- edited 2001 version, offers 49 minutes more vision.