Apocalypse Now/Ride of the Valkeries
Coppola makes an air raid on a Vietnamese village seem thrilling and fun, like a roller coaster ride. I always feel a twinge of guilt after enjoying this scene.
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Chimes at Midnight (1966)
Shot on a shoestring budget, the film is one one Welles’ most brilliant. Falstaff (Shakespeare’s bloated blowhard) seems to be the role he was born to play. The story is a mashup of scenes from Henry IV, Henry V, Richard II, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The battle scene is astonishing. Of particular note are the montages of close quarter combat, shot in a Madrid park with few actors. They are a testament to Welles the editor.
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Four Marines recover the body of Marine fire team leader Leland Hammond as their company comes under fire near Hill 484. (Vietnam, 1966). Note the photographer on the right, plus there’s at least one more through whose lens we see this shot. No other war had theretofore been so heavily documented and so immediately presented to American public.
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As a general rule, people with ‘Human Resources’ as part of their title do nothing good for humans in their day-to-day jobs.
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