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The cinema of Oliver Stone : art, authorship and activism

Author: Ian Scott; Henry Thompson
Publisher: Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2019. ©2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book charts and analyses the work of Oliver Stone - arguably one of the foremost political filmmakers in Hollywood during the last thirty years. Drawing on previously unseen production files from Oliver Stone's personal archives and hours of interviews both with Stone and a range of present and former associates within the industry, the book employs a thematic structure to explore Stone's life and work in terms  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Print version
Named Person: Oliver Stone; Oliver Stone; Oliver Stone
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Scott; Henry Thompson
ISBN: 9781526147240 1526147246 9781526115010 1526115018
OCLC Number: 1112437311
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2016.
Description: 1 online resource (307 pages) : illustrations; digital, PDF file(s).
Responsibility: Ian Scott and Henry Thompson.

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This book charts and analyses the work of Oliver Stone - arguably one of the foremost political filmmakers in Hollywood during the last thirty years. Drawing on previously unseen production files from Oliver Stone's personal archives and hours of interviews both with Stone and a range of present and former associates within the industry, the book employs a thematic structure to explore Stone's life and work in terms of war, politics, money, love and corporations. This allows the authors both to provide a synthesis of earlier and later film work as well as locate that work within Stone's developing critique of government. The book explores the development of aesthetic changes in Stone's filmmaking and locates those changes within ongoing academic debates about the relationship between film and history as well as wider debates about Hollywood and the film industry. All of this is explored with detailed reference to the films themselves and related to a set of wider concerns that Stone has sought to grapple with -the American Century, exceptionalism and the American Dream, global empire, government surveillance and corporate accountability. The book concludes with a perspective on Stone's 'brand' as not just an auteur and commercially viable independent filmmaker but as an activist arguing for a very distinct kind of American exceptionalism that seeks a positive role for the US globally whilst eschewing military adventurism.

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