PERFECT, GENUINE, COMPLETE, CRYSTALLINE, CLEAR
(RE-MAKE OF APOCALYPSE NOW)
– 2008
 

The dialogue of the 1979 movie – Apocalypse Now – played out on Amsterdam’s Amstel River by actors who had studied ‘method acting’. The project forms a performative body of work including text, video and photography. The background to which consists of an analysis of the nature of modern-day imperialism as it operates through the media to convey its predominance – even when in the guise of criticism.

One variation of the work is in the HDV format, where the footage is played in real time, alternating between two cameras and including footage from in between takes, such as mood shots of actors in character and of crew. This version includes all the rehearsals and re-takes of the actors’ lines, but mutes the sound of the footage not containing lines from the script of the boat’s crew.
 

  • Scene 2
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Actors and crew:
    Willard – Georges Devdariani
    Chef – Jasper van der Heijden
    Lance – Maarten Hutten
    Clean – Fransceso Camacho
    Chief – Willem Hoebink
    Camera & Location sound – Battal Kurt & Brian McKenna

 

 

  • Scenes 3
    Duration: 85 minutes
    Actors and crew:
    Lance – Maarten Hutten
    Director – Gijs Wahl
    Priest – Gijs Wahl
    Man with megaphone – Gijs Wahl
    Camera & Location sound – Battal Kurt & Brian McKenna

   

 

  • Scenes 4
    Duration: 25 minutes
    Actors and crew:
    Willard Georges Devdariani
    Chef – Jasper van der Heijden
    Lance – Maarten Hutten
    Clean – Fransceso Camacho
    Chief – Willem Hoebink
    Camera & Location sound – Battal Kurt & Brian McKenna