The notion of American exceptionalism, dating back to John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon aboard the Arbella, still warps Americans’ understanding of their nation’s role in the world. Most are loathe to admit that the United States has any imperial pretensions. But history tells a different story as filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick reveal in this riveting account of the rise and decline of the American empire. Read more at UntoldHistoryBook.com.
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On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation
Authors: Oliver Stone and Tariq Ali
In working together on two challenging new documentaries—South of the Border and the forthcoming The Untold History of the United States series for Showtime—filmmaker Oliver Stone engaged with author and filmmaker Tariq Ali in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on
the politics of history.
Their dialogue brings to light a number of forgotten—or deliberately buried—episodes of American history, from the US intervention against the Russian Revolution and the dynamic radicalism of the
Industrial Workers of...
Responses to Oliver Stone’s “Alexander”: Film, History, and Cultural Studies
Authors: Edited by Paul Cartledge and Fiona Rose Greenland; Afterword by Oliver Stone
In 2004 director Oliver Stone's epic film 'Alexander' generated a renewed interest in Alexander the Great. The critical response to the film offers a fascinating lesson in the contentious dialogue between historiography and modern entertainment. This book scrutinizes Stone's project from its inception and design to its production and reception.
Scarface: The Movie Scriptbook
Authors: Script written by Oliver Stone
Relive the epic '80s movie staple of greed, success and excess! IDW presents this special printing of Oliver Stone's notorious screenplay, telling the story of Tony Montana and his grab for ultimate power in cocaine-obsessed Miami.
The Making of Alexander
Authors: Forward by Oliver Stone, Written by Robert Lane Fox
This book, endorsed by the studios Intermedia and Warner Bros., is the only official "inside guide" to the film. The author enjoyed unique access as the film's historical adviser for two and a half years and worked very closely with the director, the script and the stars. He also served as a cavalryman on location, riding with the stars in the film's spectacular battles and charges.
Robin Lane Fox is the world's best-selling historian of Alexander. A professor at Oxford University, his own historical biography of...
Authors: Stephen Lavington
An essential reference to three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone - one of the most controversial and well-known of contemporary American directors. Beginning his professional life as a screenwriter, he was responsible for the scripts of Midnight Express and Scarface and went on to direct such defining cinematic works as Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, and Natural Born Killers.
Oliver Stone’s USA: Film, History and Controversy
Authors: Robert Brent Toplin (Editor), Oliver Stone (Commentary)
This book brings Stone face-to-face with some of his most thoughtful critics and supporters and allows Stone himself ample room to respond to their views. Featuring such luminaries as David Halberstam, Stephen Ambrose, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Walter LaFeber, and Robert Rosenstone, these writers critique Stone's most contested films to show how they may distort, amplify, or transcend the historical realities they appear to depict.
These essays--on Salvador, Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, The...
Oliver Stone: The Pocket Essential Guide
Authors: Michael Carlson
Oliver Stone is one of the most controversial, yet most honored, filmmakers of our time. Is he the conscience of Hollywood, or is he a pretentious opportunist cashing in on false liberalism? Do his films break new technical ground artistically, or is he just a hack trying to use tricks to cover up weak points in his stories? Stone appears to court controversy, yet in many ways has been a very traditional Hollywood filmmaker, working within the system. This Pocket Essential explores all these questions, reviewing...
JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy
Authors: Introduction by Oliver Stone; Written by L. Fletcher Prouty
The true story of the man who inspired Oliver Stone's JFK—now with a new foreword by Jesse Ventura.
Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, the former CIA operative known as “X,” offers a history-shaking perspective on the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. His theories were the basis for Oliver Stone’s controversial movie JFK. Prouty believed that Kennedy’s death was a coup d’état, and he backs this belief up with his knowledge of the security arrangements at Dallas and other tidbits that only a CIA...
Oliver Stone: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
Authors: Complete set of Interviews; Editor: Charles L. P. Silet
Ranging from 1981 to 1997, the fifteen conversations featured in Oliver Stone: Interviews reveal a man frustrated by what he sees as the hypocrisies of American politics, of conservatism, and of the Hollywood film industry. But the conflicts and tensions these issues generate spellbind him. In the interviews, Stone comes off as a man as brash, outspoken, confident, and complicated as his movies. His obsessions -- the 1960s, the ways in which Vietnam shaped the country, the nature of violence, and the role of the...
JFK: The Book of the Film
Authors: Oliver Stone & Zachary Sklar
A documented screenplay of the Oliver Stone film, complete with historical annotation, with 340 research notes and 97 reactions and commentaries by Norman Mailer, Tom Wicker, Gerald R. Ford, and many others. "It's a lesson in craft to watch JFK on video while reading along, charting what got cut, softened, and rethought." -Entertainment Weekly
The Cinema of Oliver Stone
Authors: Norman Kagan
Oliver Stone has been hailed and vilified as "the director of the Sixties" for his socially concerned and politically charged films on Vietnam, Latin America, Wall Street, pop music, and the JFK assassination.
A Cinema of Loneliness : Penn, Stone, Kubrick, Scorsese, Spielberg, Altman
Authors: Robert Kolker
In this twentieth-anniversary millennial edition, Kolker continues and expands his inquiry into the cinematic representation of culture by updating and revising the chapters on the directors discussed in the first edition-- Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, and Steven Spielberg-- to include their most important works since 1988, analyzing those films which have made important advances in the directors' careers and which have given cause for rethinking the films that preceded them. Included is a...
Vital Signs: Music, Movies and Other Manias
Authors: Ian Penman
A collection of the writings of Ian Penman, covering contributions to "NME", German "Vogue" and obscure academic film journals, and pieces on James Garner, Robert De Niro and Lee Marvin, as well as deconstructionist writings on icons ranging from Martin Amis to Frank Zappa.
Oliver Stone Close Up: The Making of His Movies
Authors: Chris Salewicz
Chris Salewicz spent two months talking with Oliver Stone getting the inside stories of the making of his movies. So what is it that makes Stone tick? What makes him take on a movie? How does Stone approach the script and decide what he wants up there on the screen?
A Child’s Night Dream: A Novel
Authors: Oliver Stone
The fictional Oliver Stone is alienated from the stultifying American nation in which he lives, and, abandoning his parents and his Ivy League education for Vietnam, he encounters a hell far more brutal than he could have ever imagined - a world of barroom whores, psychedelic drugs, and killing fields of indescribable proportions. His head torn apart, his emotions sundered, he begins an epic voyage that will lead him through the Merchant Marine, an unceremonious return to American soil, and a flight into madness...
The Films of Oliver Stone
Authors: Edited by Don Kunz. Lanham, Md.
The Films of Oliver Stone provides a more sophisticated, detailed, and probing analysis of Stone's career as a filmmaker than that available in the thousands of film reviews, personality profiles, and news items concerning him. The volume includes an interview with the filmmaker followed by 15 essays by professors in departments of American Studies, Communication Studies, English & American Literature, and Film & Video Studies.
Stone: The Controversies, Excesses, and Exploits of a Radical Filmmaker
Authors: James Riordan
The first biography of the highly acclaimed, often controversial director, based on material from his family, filmmaking colleagues, and Stone himself, reveals the sensational story of the filmmaker and his professional achievements.
Oliver Stone’s America: Dreaming the Myth Outward
Authors: Susan Mackey-Kallis
This book provides a rhetorical analysis of Stone's major films and examines American history through his powerful, partisan and controversial visions. It places him within the tradition of American film-making, revealing his use of mythological and rhetorical constructions to represent historical events and personae.
Nixon: An Oliver Stone Film
Authors: Eric Hamburg & Oliver Stone
Featuring annotations and commentary by Stone himself, the screenplay of the controversial director's new motion picture Nixon is accompanied by essays by officials of the Nixon Administration and photographs from the film. Original. Movie tie-in.
Oliver Stone: Wakeup Cinema
Authors: Beaver & Frank Eugene
Oliver Stone is a master of in-your-face movie making. In picture after picture - in what the director refers to as "wakeup cinema" - he takes on big, controversial topics and verges on filmic assault of the audience to drive home his point of view. In this thoroughgoing assessment of Stone's life and work, Frank Beaver not only uses the rich response to the films to inform his own analysis but makes the case that the director has used it as well. There is, Beaver suggests, "a telling symbiosis between critical...
The Making of Oliver Stone’s Heaven and Earth
Authors: Text by Michael Singer from the Screenplay by Oliver Stone