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  •  I do think Coppola plagiarized Conrad. (2+ / 0-)
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    But Conrad is dead, and Coppola was being nominated for and winning all kinds of awards. Plus, he was a highly respected powerful American director, post The Godfather, and Conrad wasn't.

    It's still shameful that he "adapted"  this great work of art without ever giving any credit.

    I'm a huge FFC fan. Huge. But I'm certain he defends his rights aggressively (for himself and for his eventual estate) . Too bad he doesn't always respect the rights of other artists equally.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sun May 12, 2013 at 09:19:21 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah. I was a little annoyed as well... (7+ / 0-)

      ...particularly so because Conrad never really received the financial recognition he deserved for the depth of human experience he explored, so to have him ripped off even in death seemed well, a little crass.

      Conrad was one of those rare people who could see beyond his times to a moral truth, since "Heart of Darkness" was written when "The White Man's Burden" concept was considered culturally acceptable.   For my money, the opening passages of "The Heart of Darkness," are some of the most beautiful passages in the English language, Marlowe reflecting on the fate of the Roman Legions who first sailed the Thames.

      If you're making a movie about traveling up a river to arrest an idealist transformed into a monster, well...really...well...

      It would have taken nothing from "Apocalypse Now" to have put Conrad in the credits.   In fact, it would have made for a better film, since one wouldn't have had the distraction of thinking about these things while watching it.

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