Dutch Angle: Chas Gerretsen & Apocalypse Now

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Dutch Angle: Chas Gerretsen & Apocalypse Now
Directed byBaris Azman
StarringChas Gerretsen
Jan de Vries

Züleyha Azman
Baris Azman

Martijn van den Broek
Music byJulian Ewardes
CinematographyRichard Spierings
Edited byBaris Azman
Züleyha Azman
Baris Azman
Distributed byKINO Rotterdam
Release date
  • June 22, 2019 (2019-06-22) (KINO Rotterdam)
  • June 27, 2019 (2019-06-27) (2019 Bologna Film Festival)
  • August 18, 2019 (2019-08-18) (United States)
Running time
32 min.
CountryThe Netherlands
LanguageEnglish (subtitles), Dutch

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Dutch Angle: Chas Gerretsen & Apocalypse Now is a 2019 Dutch documentary film by Baris Azman about the photographer Chas Gerretsen. Baris had come across hundreds of never seen images, of ‘Apocalypse Now’, in the temperature controlled vaults of the Netherlands Photo Museum. In 1976 Francis Ford Coppola had asked Chas, to capture everything on the set of his new film 'Apocalypse Now' because of his experiences in the Vietnam War. This short documentary tells Gerretsen’s story through a candid interview and his photographs on the set of this legendary film. This documentary was selected to be shown at the Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy.

The Horror! Apocalypse Now unseen–in Pictures[edit]

Gerretsen moved to Hollywood in 1975; around 500 Location photographs were recently discovered, of which the best will be exhibited. The Dutch photographer was a striking presence on set, with many cameras slung around his neck. He came to be the inspiration for Dennis Hopper’s character, a photojournalist. [1]

From Real to Reel[edit]

“A good photograph is a photograph which gives you a feeling, a feeling of hatred, of fear, of envy, of beauty, any kind of feeling. As a photojournalist I always tried to remain neutral, and to create the best images I was capable of. As a photographer you have no say on how your images are used in the press; the photo or news editor will always decide what spin to give to your images. And that is one of the reasons I finally stopped photojournalism and wound up in Hollywood.” Chas’s image of General Pinochet has been used by different political parties to illustrate the perceived inhumanity of some political leaders.[2] [3]



  1. Gerretsen, Chas (May 30, 2019). "The horror! Apocalypse Now unseen – in pictures" – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. Matamoros, Cristina Abellan (January 31, 2019). "French authorities ask Google to remove photo of Macron as Pinochet". euronews.
  3. "Veel belangstelling voor Chas Gerretsen". PhotoQ. June 10, 2008.
  4. "DUTCH ANGLE: CHAS GERRETSEN & APOCALYPSE NOW | Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival".

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