"Oh, the horror, the horror. "

The immortal and haunting lines uttered by Kurtz as he lies on his deathbed in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1902).  We can only imagine that Kurtz is recalling the colonial butchery he has perpetrated on the Congolese people, or else realizing with appalling vividness the wretched state of the human condition. Conrad's hugely influential novella was given the Hollywood treatment in Apocalypse Now (1979) in which Marlow's journey into the heart of darkness is transposed into the world of the Vietnam War. Despite the textual liberties taken by director Francis Ford Coppola, it succeeds in capturing much of the novella's brooding, dreamlike quality, as well as its sense of mindless brutality. You are warned that the following clip contains potentially upsetting images of violence.