Verisimilitude

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The most prominent resemblance between Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and the infamous Apocalypse Now (1979) is the glimmer sense of realism thorough the movie. The director, Francis Ford Coppola has been known for his verisimilitude; effortlessly creating and directing each setting in the film looks schematized and deliberately natural. Innately, the one of the most apparent functions of a setting is to create an impression of reality that presents the viewer a sense of a real place and time and the sensation of being there. His consciousness of realism admits the great importance of an authentic setting play in making his films overwhelmingly imaginable. With a judiciously supervision from the director, numerous factors such as location and setting, costume and visual design contribute to a successful plausible film.
Francis Ford Coppola relies heavily on the personification element of the film to establish a deep emotional connection with the viewers. His two films, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Apocalypse Now (1979) drawn the viewers into the protagonist’s point of view; making it exceptionally personal. Coppola opts to choose the narrative structure, to create a sense of eyewitness mannerism of the events of the story to the viewers. The narrative structure is beautifully exemplified in both films, where the protagonists (Jonathan Harker in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Benjamin Willard in Apocalypse Now) sway the viewers through their constant subjective narration.
In Apocalypse Now, Coppola also examines the location comprehensively, due to its vital element to the story. Coppola’s decision to shoot the film in the Philippines, as it resembles Vietnam the most, leaves an immensely engaging effect to the film. The location of ...

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...ne should, and I think everyone should do everything they do that way. Movies have to have quality and integrity because they have such a tremendous influence on the world and on people.” (Coppola)

Works Cited

Apocalypse Now. Dir. Francis F. Coppola. Perf. Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando. Paramount Pictures, 1979. DVD.
Bram Stoker's Dracula. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. Prod. Francis Ford Coppola. By James V. Hart. Perf. Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins. Columbia Pictures, 1992. DVD.
Brody, Richard. "What It Takes to Make a Great Movie." The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 21 Sept. 2012. Web. 12 Dec. 2013.
Hearts of Darkness--a Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Dir. Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, and Eleanor Coppola. By Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper. Prod. George Zaloom and Les Mayfield. Perf. Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola. Triton Pictures, 1991. DVD.

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