The Use of Sound in "Apocalypse Now" Film Review by Primo

The Use of Sound in "Apocalypse Now"
An analysis of the use of sound and music in the film "Apocalypse Now" by Francis Ford Coppola.
# 8675 | 965 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 03, 2003 in Film (Artist) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper describes how the film shows the insanity of war and the madness that goes along with it. The author shows how "Apocalypse Now" uses narration, sound effects, music, and dialogue to portray its message. The paper focuses on Coppola's use of sound effects to reinforce the films theme of the horror and uncertainty of war.

From the Paper:

"Apocalypse Now begins by showing a scene with helicopters dropping napalm all over the jungle. The audience is treated to "The End" by Jim Morrison and the Doors. We hear: "This is the end" mixed with the chopping of helicopters passing overhead. From the very beginning, Coppola lets the audience know that they are in for a journey of madness. The sound and music have a lot to do with the success of this scene (Dirks). It will not be the last time we hear the sound of the helicopters overhead."

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