The issue has already been discussed in this space but just for thoroughness’s sake I should have linked earlier to Spencer Morgan‘s 10.23 New York Observer piece about George Hickenlooper being pissed about not being invited to record a voice-over commentary for the upcoming DVD Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Paramount Home Video, 11.20), the legendary doc about the making of Apocalypse Now that he and Fax Bahr co-directed.
Hickenlooper tells Morgan that Francis Coppola, the doc’s rights-owner who apparently was invited to record a voice-over commentary, is the principal bad guy in this deal. “This is a real slap in the face to me and to filmmakers in general,Ã¢â‚¬Â Hickenlooper lamented. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very disillusioning because I worship Francis. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trying to portray himself [in interviews] as this icon of artistic integrity, and yet simultaneously heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s completely burying me and my partner.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Hickenlooper “allowed that reissuing the documentary was CoppolaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prerogative not just legally, but personally, since it focuses on the perspective of the latter manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wife, Eleanor, during the famously fraught filming of Apocalypse Now.