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Apocalypse Now

In the revisionist account of history observable in the film Apocalypse Now, great affirmation of SaidĂs theory can be found.

In the film we see the West pitted against East, with little distinction among different Eastern cultures. Lumped together whether Cambodian, North Vietnamese or South Vietnamese, the filmĂs discourse primarily equates Orientals with ˘Charlies÷ (Coppola 1979). Above all else, ˘Charlie÷ is the enemy and the land where he resides is abominable. As Captain Willard maintains, ˘I was going to the worst place in the world and I didnĂt even know it yet÷ (Coppola 1979). The film portrays Vietnam as a locale even worse than Hell. As Chef expresses at one point in the film, ˘I used to think if I died in an evil place then my soul wouldnĂt make it to heaven. Well, fuck. I donĂt care where it goes as long as it ainĂt here,÷ (Coppola 1979). Thus, we see the depiction of Vietnam as an evil, hellish place. Such depictions undermine the fact that it is the ˘Americans÷ who are in Vietnam trying to kill Vietnamese.

Not content to depict Vietnam as the worst place in the world, the Vietnamese are also depicted in the film as having a culture that is barbaric in comparison to Western civil


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