Stefani Kong Uhler
"Marlon Brando and the Ifugao children, Apocalypse Now, Philippines 1977"
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Image Size: 17 x 22
The Story Behind the Shot: Iconic film, iconic star
During the filming of APOCALYPSE NOW Marlon was intrigued by the Ifugao* people‘s 'primitive’ yet extremely political opposition to dictator Ferdinand Marcos,” explains photographer Stefani Kong Uhler. “They spoke no English or Tagalog and had never seen a movie! Marlon would spend hours among the tribe, and often could be found removing lice from the children’s hair, playing hide and seek or playing music from a boom box. The Ifugao tribe playing Vietnamese Montagnards in “Apocalypse Now” shows an emotional connection between people the world over.
“The scene was painstakingly lit by master cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC, but never appeared in the film.”
Artist bio: Stefani Kong Uhler worked as a “special” photographer on film sets and freelance for a variety of international magazines 1975-1995. She is currently working on a collection of her photographs as well as a project of found photographs/mixed media of women called Tribe.
At the Fresh Focus 2015 Photography Auction, Stefani offered never published photographs of Brando and photographer Mary Ellen Mark from her personal archive in support of the City Hearts Fresh Focus Photography Program.
She is a native ANGELENO and believes in the work City Hearts does for Los Angeles’ most at-risk children is imperative and supports their mission!
*The Ifugao are indigenous to the mountainous region in the Northern Philippines province of Luzon, known for its steep 2,000 year-old hand carved rice terraces, which are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.