Like last week, instead of posting prompts in a series of questions, I’ve identified a number of debates regarding Apocalypse Now, and suggested where you might take a position in one of those debates. For your critical argument paragraph of your Blog Response Post assignment, choose one of prompts below.
Make the case that, according to Apocalypse Now, Colonel Kurtz’s plan for winning the Vietnam War was “insane”
Make the case that, according to Apocalypse Now, the U.S. military establishment’s plan for winning the Vietnam War was “insane”
According to Apocalypse Now, in the end, whose racism was more destructive and insidious:
General Corman (the man who sent Captain Willard on his assassination mission)?
Colonel Kilgore (the swaggering head of the Air Cavalry and surfing aficionado)?
Apocalypse Now shows that the counterculture (sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll) was the inspiration for protesting, and eventually ending, the Vietnam War
Apocalypse Now shows that the counterculture (sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll) was just another way materialistic American culture was imposed upon the Vietnamese
Based on Apocalypse Now (particularly the ending), as human beings we are forever divided by the vicious animal and the rational angel within us
Based on Apocalypse Now (particularly the ending), as human beings we can achieve balance and some kind of harmony between the two sides of our nature
Apocalypse Now should have used more popular songs (like The Doors) on the soundtrack, and less synthesizer-based ambient sound
Rather than using popular songs, Apocalypse Now should have had a more traditional film score (with a composer)
The use of sound in Apocalypse Now is significant, but the film is an even better example of the artistic use of
The additions to the 2001 “Redux” version of Apocalypse Now (Willard stealing Kilgore’s surfboard, the Playboy Bunnies CSO show, the boat crew’s “alone time” with the Bunnies, the French plantation scene, and Kurtz reading Time Magazine to Willard) were totally necessary and made the film more meaningful and artistic
The original 1979 Apocalypse Now was a leaner and meaner – and better – version of the film (the additional material does not improve the film)
(Either way you go in this debate, you should probably just focus on one of the additional scenes)