His voiceover narration also details the effects the war has had on his sanity. At Empire, you can and read alongside them a brief interview with Doug Claybourne, who on the film had the enviable title of Helicopter Wrangler. I just think some nice, heartbreakingly beautiful music would be just the thing to go with large-scale death and destruction. I like the Vassar Clements version on Will the Circle be Unbroken with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. This technique of off- screen sound is used here. It instead looks at war as an anthropological study of ourselves as human beings and demands we confront what we see. This is also an example of a voice over, because the main character is speaking about the murder he is about to complete, yet while on screen he is doing something different in a different time and place in which he is not actually speaking.
The music playing has a slow tempo in the beginning, which contrasts with the scene of explosions and fire. It is here where he is watching the fan rotate but the audience hears the sound of the helicopter, as the captain is clearly consumed with the thought of Vietnam. You can tell this because the music becomes more clear and louder. This make the sound diegetic but off-screen because the helicopter could simply be flying around outside window. The audience almost is taken out of reality and is left to hallucinate along with the soldiers, helping us understand their uneasy feeling. There is complete chaos on screen with somewhat calming in the background.
Score and Soundtrack In Apocalypse Now, music primarily sets a psychedelic, hallucinatory tone that both places the film in its historical period—America in the late 1960s—and mirrors the surreal events depicted onscreen. In the Playmates scene, the pairing of American women and American pop music becomes too much for some of the soldiers to bear, and several cannot control themselves. Or are we limited to songs of the Vietnam era? The narrator who speaks throughout the film has a groggy and extremely low pitch. Also i noticed that when it was being played out of the speakers it wasnt as clear, but when it became part of the movie the quality of the sounds were enchanced. Hope you got your things together, hope you are quite prepared to die. Instead, but it is used as a soundtrack for the viewers to hear along with what they are seeing on screen pg.
It reminds me of the voice-over used in other films like Memento. Then I noticed that there was a lot of nondiegetic sound when Captain Benjamin Willard was in the hotel room and had an inner monologue with himself. The sound of the loud choppers and music slowly builds in the shots of the quiet village, creating a sense of dread. It then changes back when the vietnamese village is shown, and is slowly re-introduced as a part of the scene. Fortunate Son is a great second. During this scene, at first all you can hear is pretty music and a view of trees.
All together I think that the opening scene sets the mood for the entire movie, like the song itself, the lyrics are unconventional and so are the scenes that follow. Kurtz for the first time, on audio-tape. This in-film music adds the element of juxtaposition: because the music is being played in the helicopter, clips depicting the Vietnamese village do not have the song in the background, serving to highlight the difference between the invading Americans and the Vietnamese civilians. Therefore, the sound director is playing with the sound to try to convince us it is real, but in fact the planes moving was a synchronized prerecorded segment of sound being repeated continuously, to allude real time. It's what my dad's Special Forces team always played while they were putting on their war paint before going out -- he was a Green Beret in Vietnam, and they usually rode in in Hueys, so I suppose it counts. As anyone acquainted with the making of Apocalypse Now has heard, the production tended to turn as complicated, confusing, and perilous as the Vietnam War itself, but not necessarily for lack of planning.
This scene, though met with applause at the time it was released 1915 , is wrought with racism. There is dialogue being spoken that is coming from within the scene. To push this idea many of the scenes have a helicopter propeller sound effect in the background. Characters having to yell over the sound of shooting, bombing, and the cries of the wounded and the sound of a priest saying mass during the raid, and the sound of a cow being lifted by a helicopter, etc. At the time, this seemed to be a non-diegetic sound.
But when it shows the whole room, there is a window with aircraft flying in the background. My overall favorite part of the scene is the contrast between the music playing and the scene being shown. But what about for after you land during your post-traumatic stress disorder? They played the same eery music both times. There are instruments being played which include a guitar and a tambourine. Appropriate lyrics, and the music especially the opening guitar bit would go nicely with helicopter flight.
There was a long distance shot of the small boat the characters were on, entering shore. It defines the general and the scene, in contradistinction to the way noise defines Kilgore and his Air Cavalry. He is also not acknowledged by any of the characters, so it is clear that this sound was added specially for this specific scene. Coppola does this by using soft sounds in the aural mise-en-scène. Although it is a subtle difference, viewers can see the sounds of a helicopter start to become synched into the sounds of the song playing, and it becomes louder and louder until the viewers can hear the helicopter over the music. In fact, the horror whispers in the shadows of the compound. Both instruments are clearly not in the scene and the characters have no recognition of this sound going on in the background.