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Zoran Kurelić ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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APA 6th Edition
Kurelić, Z. (2012). Kiša zmija. Politička misao, 49 (1), 24-40. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Kurelić, Zoran. "Kiša zmija." Politička misao, vol. 49, no. 1, 2012, pp. 24-40. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Kurelić, Zoran. "Kiša zmija." Politička misao 49, no. 1 (2012): 24-40.
Kurelić, Z. (2012). 'Kiša zmija', Politička misao, 49(1), pp. 24-40. Available at: (Accessed 01 December 2020)
Kurelić Z. Kiša zmija. Politička misao [Internet]. 2012 [cited 2020 December 01];49(1):24-40. Available from:
Z. Kurelić, "Kiša zmija", Politička misao, vol.49, no. 1, pp. 24-40, 2012. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 01 December 2020]

In this paper the author presents and interprets two versions of Coppola’s
classic Apocalypse Now. The film ending air-strike is the difference between
the two versions, the air-strike which disappeared in the latter versions. The
author focuses on the “missing” scene and argues that it is fundamental for
the coherent interpretation of the movie. He uses Arendt’s interpretation of
Conrad’s Heart of Darkness on which Coppola’s film is based and tries to
show how Coppola’s film unknowingly expresses the concept of radical evil.
Kurelić also argues that Kurtz represents an evildoer which is neither demonic
nor thoughtless, exactly the type missing in Arendt’s confrontation between
radical evil and banal evil. The author wants to show how the film made in
1979, which was mainly understood as the film about the Viet Nam war, actually
unintentionally represents an apocalyptic warning that the wars based
on the clash of cultures and civilizations can produce the same outcome as
Arendt’s totalitarianism – radical evil.

"Apocalypse Now"; Hannah Arendt; "Heart of Darkness"; F. F. Coppola; radical evil; clash of civilizations

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