Forty years since its first release, the director has been reworking his masterpiece for a definitive edition. How does he view his film — and the madness of its making — after all these years? Yet arguably the greatest war film of them all owes much to Inglenook. Bought in by Francis Ford Coppola, using his spoils from The Godfather , he promptly risked the property, staking it to raise money for what would become one of the most arduous and challenging productions in the history of film. When he welcomes me to Inglenook, Coppola, who turned 80 in April, is almost unrecognisable from his 70s heyday. Gone are the hirsute beard and thick-rimmed spectacles that were once his trademark; they are replaced by neat white stubble and, slung loosely around his neck, a modern pair of magnetic glasses that unclip at the nose.
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But in the original version of the film, the sex Coppola promised never materializes. Only the Playmates scene survived post-production, making it the most seductive one in this version, yet it still falls short of the sex Coppola promised, instead offering little more than a fantasy to the soldiers themselves as well as to the film viewers. Right from the start, the Playmates scene foreshadows the unattainability of sex. Willard and his crew pass by three gigantic lipstick-shaped lights with bright orange tips. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro inserts the rockets in the background of subsequent shots in order to reinforce this symbolism. The distant sound of upbeat drums grows louder, signaling that a show is about to start and exciting seventeen-year-old crew member Clean Laurence Fishburne.
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To some artists, work is never done. In American film, two of the most insistent self-revisers are George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola , friends and sometimes collaborators, often of the same mind about changing their minds about some of their signature achievements. With Dolby Atmos, the sound wizards have devised a soundtrack that does, indeed, in the properly kitted-out theater, rumble your seat.