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Stone: The Controversies, Excesses and Exploits of a Radical Filmmaker

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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. Reprint.

The author of Break on Through, the classic Jim Morrison biography, now offers the first biography of Oliver Stone, the outspoken, Oscar-winning director, whose controversial, often incendiary films, including JFK, Platoon, and ...

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Overview

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. Reprint.

The author of Break on Through, the classic Jim Morrison biography, now offers the first biography of Oliver Stone, the outspoken, Oscar-winning director, whose controversial, often incendiary films, including JFK, Platoon, and Natural Born Killers, have entertained and infuriated filmgoers and filmmakers alike for over a decade. of photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Biography of the controversial director. (Dec.)
Library Journal
From Midnight Express to Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone has built a reputation by pursuing controversial subjects and risky, on-the-edge filmmaking. The author considers Stone "a mass of contradictions held together by enormous willpower." In this book, which had the cooperation of Stone and most of his colleagues, Riordan discusses Stone's difficult relationship with his father, his Vietnam experience, periods of drug use, marriage, and his immense immersion in each film, in which Stone almost always becomes the main character. The book examines each film in detail, outlining major themes and providing vivid anecdotes. A listing of Stone's early screenplays and producing credits are also given. Far superior to Norman Kagan's The Cinema of Oliver Stone (LJ 5/15/95), this is highly recommended for all film collections.-Stephen Rees, Bucks Cty. Free Lib., Levittown, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786882014
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Foreword
Act 1 The Tearing of the Veil (1946-1976)
Ch. 1 American Dreamer 3
Ch. 2 The Purging 42
Ch. 3 The Fire Inside 62
Act 2 Breaking Through (1976-1992)
Ch. 4 Midnight Express 95
Ch. 5 Scarface 120
Ch. 6 Salvador 144
Ch. 7 Platoon 181
Ch. 8 Wall Street 211
Ch. 9 Talk Radio 255
Ch. 10 Born on the Fourth of July 274
Ch. 11 The Doors 307
Ch. 12 JFK 351
Act 3 Beyond the Dream (1992-1994)
Ch. 13 Hero or Villain? 405
Ch. 14 Heaven and Earth 444
Ch. 15 Natural Born Killers 480
Epilogue: Searching Within 516
Appendix I: The Early Screenplays 525
Appendix II: Major Influences Studied at NYU Film School 534
Appendix III: Filmography 537
Bibliography 551
Index 567
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