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Analysis Of Apocalypse Now

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Scene Analysis: Apocalypse Now- Kurtz Compound begins 1:53:54-ends 1:58:43
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The film, Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola is about not only the Vietnam War but also human nature in the war. In other words, it focuses on portraying the dark side of human nature in the Vietnam War rather than the reality of the War. The protagonist, U.S. Army Captain Willard, takes a secret mission from military superiors. The mission is to search for and terminate Colonel Walter E. Kurtz who was one of the most outstanding officers in the past but is about to be arrested for murder due to reneging his duty as a U.S. army soldier. Currently, Colonel Kurtz has crossed into Cambodia with the Montagnard army
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While Willard usually reacts to Kurtz’s questions in the scene, Kurtz expresses his opinion. So, we can establish the character of Kurtz. As he says that, “you’d think of that heaven just fell on the Earth in the form of gardenias,” he is more sensitive than the man we expected (Coppola Apocalypse Now). However, we, simultaneously, can confirm his strong personality when he talks about real freedoms and Willard’s mission. While he says that, “you’re an errand boy sent by grocery clerks,” staring at the screen, we are overwhelmed by Kurtz’s charisma (Coppola Apocalypse Now). And then we are confused about whether he is insane or not, for he seems to be…show more content…
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