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Il primitivo secondo Kurtz. L'apocalisse dell'uomo civile nelle "culture della crisi"

Fabio Viti
La Ricerca Folklorica
No. 10, I frutti del Ramo d'oro James G. Frazer e le eredità dell'antropologia (Oct., 1984), pp. 91-100
Published by: Grafo Spa
DOI: 10.2307/1479618
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1479618
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

The Frazerian influences and impressions in F.F. Coppola's film Apocalypse Now are numerous and profound. In particular the character of Kurtz and his ritual slaughter are a direct link-up with the "dying god" in The Golden Bough and involve the same type of reflection on the dialectics of the "civilization-primitive state" relationship. An in-depth analysis of the film links the Frazerian influences to a vaster range of cultural references including Nietzsche, Freud, J. Conrad, and T.S. Eliot, centering on the two themes of "primitive man" and "the apocalypse".

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