Oliver Stone: Maverick Filmmaker

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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. Stone's artistic warfare, evidenced in such widely seen films as Platoon and JFK, has brought him acclaim as one of the few commercially successful Hollywood directors unafraid to make bold, meaningful films and has brought him criticism as a self-anointed sayer of ...
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Overview

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. Stone's artistic warfare, evidenced in such widely seen films as Platoon and JFK, has brought him acclaim as one of the few commercially successful Hollywood directors unafraid to make bold, meaningful films and has brought him criticism as a self-anointed sayer of the truth on whatever subject his eye comes to rest. His provocative style has triggered an enormous critical response, with interviews, reviews, and commentaries numbering in the thousands - remarkable especially for a filmmaker whose first noteworthy film, Salvador, opened in 1986. 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 response and ongoing practice in Stone's emergence as a unique director." Beaver explores the way in which criticism has undeniably helped to shape the course of Stone's ideas and filmmaking techniques.
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Library Journal
Twayne's ``Filmmakers'' series (e.g., Kenneth C. Kaleta's David Lynch , LJ 12/92) continues with this volume on Stone, the Oscar-winning writer/director whose films include JFK (1991) and Born on the Fourth of July (1990). As one of the most talked-about directors around, Stone has come a long way since his debut, a forgotten horror film called Seizure (1974). Beaver (communications, Univ. of Michigan), author of several previous film texts, takes a clear-eyed look at Stone's work, praising its passion and skill while candidly assessing the director's shortcomings. Still young, Stone will undoubtedly make more noteworthy films (this book doesn't include the recent Heaven and Earth , which completes the Vietnam trilogy he began with Platoon in 1986), and it's a bit early for the definitive work on his career. Nevertheless, this is a highly competent look at an important artist and will be a welcome addition to most film collections.-- David C. Tucker, DeKalb Cty. P.L., Decatur, Ga.
Booknews
A biography/filmography and analysis of screenwriter, director, producer Oliver Stone and his films. Traces Stone's artistic development from his first commercial release--Seizure (1973)--to his current screen writing and directing projects. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805793321
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Series: Twayne's Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology
1 Making Sense of the Oliver Stone Prism 1
2 Early Efforts: Seizure, Midnight Express, The Hand 21
3 Writing for the Establishment: Conan the Barbarian, Scarface, Year of the Dragon, 8 Million Ways to Die 49
4 Salvador 67
5 Platoon 83
6 Wall Street 99
7 Talk Radio 113
8 Born on the Fourth of July 127
9 The Doors 144
10 JFK 161
11 Final Analysis and Ensuing Issues 181
Notes 193
Bibliography 200
Filmography 235
Index 239
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