John Morgan and Guillaume Durocher join Fróði Midjord on the latest Guide to Kulchur to talk about Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Vietnam War film, Apocalypse Now. They do a scene-by-scene analysis of it, and discuss the differences between the director’s cut and the original version of the film and its relationship to other films, as well as Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and also its relevance for politics and the Right. Available on both YouTube and Spreaker.
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Reputation-wise, Bernardo Bertolucci (1941-2018) missed a good bet by not dying a quarter-century ago, rather than lingering on for years of illness and diminishing fame. Orson Welles spent his lengthy dotage introducing himself to new generations as a pitchman for Paul Masson wine, and that seemed pretty sad, but at least people knew who he was. When the equally talented Bertolucci died on November 26, he had almost no public profile at all. (more…)
I Wake Up Screaming:
My Top Ten Halloween Horror Flick Picks
It’s not clear why human beings enjoy being frightened. Indeed, in most circumstances we don’t. I find nothing particularly “thrilling,” for example, about the frightening threat posed by mass non-white migration into the lands of my ancestors. Nor do I enjoy how I feel when I’m the only white person on the J train at midnight. But I thoroughly enjoy the imaginary threats posed by ghosts, witches, and vampires. There’s a lot to be said here about the human fascination with the uncanny, and what it reveals about us. (more…)
Youth Without Youth (2007) is Francis Ford Coppola’s stunning film adaptation of a novella of the same name by Mircea Eliade (1907–1986), the Romanian scholar of comparative religion and Iron Guard sympathizer. I highly recommend this beautiful, mysterious, endlessly captivating movie. In style, it is classic; in substance, it is eternal.