Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Camera Never Lies...When It Dies, Man, When It Dies, He Dies...
But, oh man, this photo should have been one of the dossier photos seen when Capt. Willard leafs through Col. Kurtz's file on the boat in Apocalypse Now. It captures perfectly Kurtz's shattered psyche, and, dating from 1967, inherently possesses the perfect elements of dress, hairstyle, and photographic quality for a snapshot that, in the context of the film, would date from the early to mid-1960s.
Such verisimilitude portraying that Col. Kurtz had indeed gone totally insane...even if this photo tacitly implies that he broke from himself first.
It's a shame that this photo wasn't available to Francis Ford Coppola during principal photography—but Coppola could re-cut the film to insert it. Why not? There already are so many re-edited and reduxed versions that one more hardly seems a big deal.
Perhaps for Apocalypse Now's 35th anniversary...
I hope Coppola will; this photo would add one more layer of weird to this ultimate tale of the Vietnam War's insanity.
(Photo from Apocalypse Now copyright Zoetrope Studios.)