There is one thing in common between the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” by Peter Jackson and “Apocalypse Now” by Francis Ford Coppola: they were both shot in 274 days.
Is there a helicopter squadron in The Lord of the Rings? A balrog hidden in Apocalypse Now? None of that, but there is one thing in common between the Peter Jackson trilogy adapted from the work of JRR Tolkien and the cataclysmic shooting of Francis Ford Coppola’s war film: the two projects took 274 days to film. . All spread over 16 months.
The major difference is that while in 1979 Coppola struggled to finish his three-hour feature film (Director’s Cut version), at the same time, at the end of the 90s, Peter Jackson was boxing three films of nearly three hours each (much more for long versions). The two projects are in no way comparable, one being a huge production with titanic special effects, the other being simply a cursed film that has exceeded its originally scheduled shooting to last six weeks.
The manufacture ofApocalypse Now was so amazing that it spawned an exciting documentary, Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, released in 1992 and directed by Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr and George Hicklenlooper. We live there – backstage images to support – the surrealism of this shoot.
Except The Lord of the Rings, the film industry has rarely made two films back to back. We can thus cite throughout the history of cinema, Matrix 2 and 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame or Back to the future 2 and 3.
All the hidden details of “The Fellowship of the Ring”: