Classic, lots of great moments and images, and we’re glad we saw it, but still, it’s a taut 100-minute film hiding inside of a very messy 150-minute film. Yes, yes, the druggy pretentious ponderousness is part of the mythos. But that stuff hasn’t aged well, not at all. Set a good editor loose on it, and maybe you could reconstruct a true masterpiece.
You should see “Hearts of Darkness” posthaste. It’s a film about the making of “Apocalypse Now,” based on Coppola’s wife’s secret audio recordings of her husband during the making of “Apocalypse Now”. It is better than “AN” itself.