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The horror… the horror…”- Colonel Kurtz
are the last lines of Apocalypse Now, the Francis Ford Coppola directed war-film masterpiece, which truly explores horror. Typical war films, like Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket or Boulle’s The Bridge on the River Kwai, follow the camaraderie of a protagonist and his unit and their struggles that build up to a violent and climactic confrontation where both sides sustain losses to illustrate the tragedy of war. Apocalypse Now is different; there are only two moments of brief violence that the main character participates in and he rarely talks with anyone else. The real conflict of the movie is in the mind of the viewer and not on the screen. Apocalypse Now succeeds in its goal of bringing the audience’s minds into the insanity of war through hauntingly beautiful cinematography paired with an effective soundtrack to create a surreality and delayed editing to cause a desire for violence.
The opening sequence sets the stage for the surreality and subjectivity of the picture and sound of Apocalypse Now. Initially, helicopters fly over a palm …