On experiencing Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now
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Apocalypse Now is an impressive trial & a fever dream.

3 people in front of me left the cinema before the thing was done.

The cinematography, though occasionally (toward the denouement) badly edited, is beautiful and executed with a grand eye that sees the working of an organ and knows how the cells breathe. It is sickly, slick and full.

It gives the experience of something ritualised and Sublime – my eyes hurt but still they wanted to feel every rich inch. I couldn’t look away, not for fear of missing something but, knowing it would break the pact and sweat built with the thing.

At first it feels welcoming and noir – noir’s a safe zone compared to where it ends.

It isn’t shocking so much as it is exhausting. I’ll sleep a fevered sleep.

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