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OLIVER STONE'S USA: Film, History, and Controversy (2x Signed)

Stone, Oliver; Toplin, Robert Brent (ed.); Halberstam, David

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ISBN 10: 0700610359 / ISBN 13: 9780700610358
Published by Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2000
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First edition, First printing, hardback, unread in AS NEW condition (no marks/flaws; dustjacket comes in a protective mylar cover); this copy was SIGNED by OLIVER STONE on the title page AND also SIGNED by DAVID HALBERSTAM at his inclusion (his great essay on 'Platoon', in which he defends the filmmaker against his detractors). Oliver Stone's essays are simply priceless-- he always finds wit, humor, and intelligence to answer his critics point by point. Bookseller Inventory # 226

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Title: OLIVER STONE'S USA: Film, History, and ...

Publisher: Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Challenging audiences and critics alike, the films of Oliver Stone have compelled many viewers to re-examine some of their most revered beliefs about America's past. Stone has generated enormous controversy and debate among those who take issue with his dramatic use of history. This book brings Stone face to face with some of his most thoughtful critics and supporters and allows him room to respond to their views. Writers including David Halberstam, Stephen Ambrose, Arthur Schlesinger Jr, Walter LaFeber and Robert Rosenstone critique Stone's most contested films to show how they may distort, amplify or transcend the historical realities they appear to depict. The essays - on "Salvador", "Platoon", "Wall Street", "Born on the Fourth of July", "The Doors", "JFK", "Heaven and Earth", "Natural Born Killers" and "Nixon" - seek to enlarge our understanding of the films whilst also offering a fuller appreciation of the film-maker as artist and intellectual. They reveal how Stone's experience in Vietnam colours his views of American government and corporate culture and suggest new ways of looking at the complex tensions between art and history that shape Stone's films. In response, Stone offers a passionate defence of his artistic vision. Disavowing the mantle of "cinematic historian", he declares himself first and foremost a storyteller, a dramatist and a mythmaker, who deliberately refashions historical facts in pursuit of higher truths. The centrepiece of this artistic manifesto is his commentary on the making and meanings of "JFK", the film that reopened a case many thought finally closed.

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"In our media age, movies are the mirrors in which we see ourselves reflected and Oliver Stone is the most influential director of our time--rivaled only by Ken Burns as a visual interpreter of American culture. Nothing less than an understanding of the meaning of America is at stake in this vibrant and challenging volume, a stimulating work of film/history studies appropriate for all concerned with the ways in which visual media interpret American life and values."--Peter C. Rollins, editor of Film & History

"Oliver Stone's USA is a sterling collection of thoughtful essays about and by America's most controversial filmmaker. If Stone's artistic objective has been to compel us to rethink landmark events such as JFK's assassination and the Vietnam War, then this volume offers concrete testimony to his creative success."--Douglas Brinkley, author of The American Heritage History of the United States and director of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans

"I believe there are larger truths than the supposedly factual accounts of events given in orthodox histories. . . . The role of art is to make up for the overwhelming power of the Establishment by using emotion to intensify and magnify suppressed truths. Oliver Stone has done that in his films."--Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

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