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Apocalypse Now Journal

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  195 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
These notes take us behind the scenes, and at the same time brings us into a private world of exhilaration, pain and dramatic conflict.
Published 2011 by Sonatine (first published 1979)
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Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinema, memoirs
Much better than "Notes on a Life," also by E. Coppola. In that one, which I read in one day while sitting on a Cape Cod beach, I was disappointed with E.'s whining & lack of self-realization, though I understand it's hard to be in the shadow of a very overpowering, passionate husband. I did (do?) respect E.'s reflective spirit, her devotion to her wonderful, funny children, and her knack for making even the most ordinary observations sound simple and interesting, unadorned but true. I love ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yo sabía que ella había filmado un documental, pero no que había escrito un diario. Pues es apasionante. Arranca con un prólogo donde pauta las negociaciones sostenidas cuando se iba conformando el reparto. Y luego viene el diario propiamente dicho, el diario de la esposa americana de un director superconsagrado que de buenas a primera se ve instalada en las Filipinas con sus 3 hijos. Allí le piden que se haga cargo de un documental. Eleanor nunca había hecho tomado una cámara y empieza a escrib ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: amantes del cine
Shelves: cine
El libro está escrito por la mujer de Coppola y es un diario bastante personal durante el tiempo de rodaje y producción de "Apocalypse Now". Está escrito a modo de diario o como hoy diríamos a modo de blog con posts.

En él se pueden diferenciar dos temas principales, por un lado la anécdotas de la película que son bastante entretenidas y por otro lado la relación familiar de Eleanor con Francis y sus hijos. Esta parte se me hizo más tediosa y aburrida salvo por las anécdotas de la pequeña Sofía C
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
francis ford coppola is the worst husband ever
Chuck Kollars
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About three years of irregular diary-like entries, encompassing most of the filming and creation of the film Apocalypse Now. Very well done (most diaries do not make interesting reading). Relatively easy read - only less than 300 pages of not-particularly-dense text. Sheds less light on the making of the film than I'd hoped; it's more of a personal view.

Since what it describes is "real life" rather than some creation, there are not clear themes nor clear narrative arc. There are though a couple
If, like me, you experienced "Apocalypse Now" in a theater on its first release, you'll probably enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie. Eleanor Coppola tells another parallel story, that of her marriage to Francis, and the trials the filming placed on their relationship. That story was also interesting, but I found myself wanting less of that story and more about the film.
Apocalypse Now rischio di rovinare la vità, non solo del regista Francis Coppola, ma anche dei suoi cari cioè : sua moglie e figli, che si ritrovarono in mezzo a un progetto grande, fin troppo per loro.
La produzione travagliata di questo capolavoro del cinema vista dall'angolo della moglie che suo malgrado vede trasformare la sua vita in un film: in una finzione, e che vede come l'arte possa far conoscere di più se stessi , vedere come sono mediocri le loro ambizioni, le loro idee, le clamorose
MacDara Conroy
Was it worth reading this book without having seen the movie (I've tried, but, y'know)? Actually, I think it's better that way, because neither had anyone at the time Eleanor Coppola was writing these notes on the goings-on around its production, and indeed the notes end before the film is even completed and released. Now I feel like I'd have a better grasp on the film itself for when I sit down to watch it properly at some point. Because it's more than just the film; people's lives are lived ov ...more
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor Coppola is now one of my personal heros. This book is a MUST read! Especially if you are a mother and/or are married and in the arts world. It is touching and very deep as well as a brilliant account of what the Coppolas went through to bring A.N. to life. This woman is amazing in her clarity.
Filippo Ulivieri
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arte
Diario privato, diario di produzione, confessionale, seduta psicanalitica, terapia di coppia. A tratti illuminante, sia sul lavoro e la personalità di Francis Ford Coppola, sia sui tormenti di un artista in lotta contro il suo materiale. Scrittura semplice, ma mai banale. La Coppola deve essere intelligente quanto il Coppola.
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