Today finally watched the documentary behind Apocalypse Now. I've been meaning to watch it for years, but finally got around to watching it after Abed on the sitcom community uses it as an example of a documentary that is better than the original movie.
This seems apt. It reminds me of the Les Blanc's documentary Burden Of Dreams about the making of Werner Herzog's Fitcarraldo.
In both films you see an all out commitment to art that goes beyond the ordinary. Both documentaries function as a symbol of the making of art itself.
And in both unyielding perseverence in the wilderness is a key trope. However, great as the Coppolas' result is, Blanc and Herzog's was even better.