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Francis Ford Coppola the screenwriter of the film Apocalypse Now created the film based on Joseph Conrads novella Heart of Darkness However the overview of the film is totally different from the context in the novel The whole movie takes place during the Vietnam War in the year 1979 while the book sets off during the Belgian colonialism in early 1900s Willard equivalent to Marlow kills Kurtz at the end while Marlow tries to save him It was said that he wanted to show his own interpretations of the book via his distinct story however in those contrasts which we can easily perceive from his distinct Apocalypse Now there are a great many similarities The success of his interpretations is clear The equivalence portrayed by Coppola of Willard to Conrads character Marlow is significant in the sense that the differences presented in the film actually build upon the similarities in an at first non-direct fashion Also if we look through deeper meanings in every detail of the film as well as the novella we can find that both the novella and the film convey the same symbols and perspectives at the same specific parts of the works We come to understand that both works unfold their stories chronologically similarly from the first part until the end The ideals behind Apocalypse Now became a metaphorical backdrop for the corruptive madness and folly of war itself in Vietnam for a generation of Americans Francis Ford Coppola described his own motivation in the making of the film to create a film experience that would gives its audience a sense of the horror the madness the sensuousness and the moral dilemma of the Vietnam war The lyrical slow-moving opening sequence is a combination of cinematography music and hallucinatory images from the brutal and destructive war in Vietnam The sounds of the war choppers which represent the failures of America in Vietnam in a non-direct but apparent way are heard
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