viernes, 7 de mayo de 2004

Ahora el Apocalipsis

Aunque uno no necesita antídotos para oponerse a la guerra, volví a ver Apocalypse Now. Es un lugar común decir que es una de las mejores películas de la historia del cine, quizás la mejor del cine bélico (y aquí si que no acepto el “de gustibus non est disputandum”).

Si tienen pereza de sacarle, dense una vuelta por las páginas de Internet que reproducen el guión (o partes). Los diálogos son excepcionales y aquí va una muestra sesgada sin ningún orden en particular. Si esto no los convence de volver a verla...


Martin Sheen (Willard): Shit...charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500. I took the mission. What the hell else was I gonna do?

Marlon Brando (Kurtz): What do you call assassins who accuse assassins?

Kurtz: We train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won't allow them to write fuck on their airplanes because it's obscene

Willard quoting Kurtz: In a war there are many moments for compassion and tender action. There are many moments for ruthless action--what is often called ruthless--what may in many circumstances be only clarity, seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it, directly, quickly, awake, looking at it.

Willard quoting Kurtz: As for the charges against me, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring.

Photojournalist apologizing for severed heads adorning Kurtz's headquarters: The heads. You're looking at the heads. Sometimes he goes too far. He's the first one to admit it.

Willard: They told me that you had gone totally insane, and, uh, that your methods were unsound.
Colonel Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?
Willard: I don't see any method at all, sir.

Kurtz: It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror. Horror has a face, and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared.

Kurtz: These were not monsters, these were men, trained cadres, these men who fought with their hearts, who have families, who have children, who were filled with love. But they had the strength, the strength to do that. If I had ten divisions of those men, then our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling, without passion, without judgment--without judgment--because it's judgment that defeats us.

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