The Hypocrisy of Imperialism

gif animated man cry drops Marlon Brando Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola’s epic Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now is a parable of imperialism, evil, madness and human darkness. Coppola’s script was based upon Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella Heart of Darkness. The book and the movie follow a world weary, skeptical, cynical character in his search for the truth about Kurtz, an evil genius. A long slow boat ride through dangerous dark jungles represents a path from civilization to madness.

The book explores European colonial imperialism in the Congo, while the movie explores U.S. interventionist imperialism in Vietnam. The themes of hypocrisy, imperialism, evil, and human madness were pertinent in the 1800s, the 1960s, and today. In the book, the main characters work for a Belgian trading company who conquer the “savages” of Africa to “harvest” ivory and rubber for sale in “civilized” Europe.

Native laborers who failed to meet rubber collection quotas were often punished by having their hands cut off by their Belgian saviors. In the movie, the main characters work for the U.S. military, who conquer the “savages” of Vietnam to “save” them from communism and “civilize” the jungles by napalming them. Today, the neo-cons [Jews come to the fore]  who have captured the foreign policy of the U.S. are conquering the “savages” of the Middle East in order to secure oil while making their countries “safe” for "democracy".

The book is considered a masterpiece. The movie is considered a near masterpiece. The lessons from both are applicable today.

3 comments:

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  3. I saw Apocalypse the night it came out, one steamy summer night in Toronto a few thousand years ago.

    Since then it has been my favourite movie of all time. I am not one to repeat view things, but this movie, as with Gone With the Wind, I have watched a multitude of times.

    Amazing movie and I consider it a classic, possibly the deepest war movie of all time. The quintessential Vietnam war flick. What first got me were the tunes and visuals, just so bizarre and upsettingly real, but then the whole deeper level, as you describe it, finally sank in.

    Imperialism... haven't we been fighting this monster all our lives? and perhaps a few lives before that too?

    Take care folks, we are next.

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