The Oliver Stone Experience

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Stone himself serves as guide to this no-holds-barred retrospectivean extremely candid and comprehensive monograph of the renowned and controversial writer, director, and cinematic historian in interview form.

Over the course of five years,Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone(Midnight Express,Scarface,Platoon,JFK,Natural Born Killers,Snowden)andNew York Timesbestselling author Matt Zoller Seitz(The Wes Anderson Collection) discussed, debated, and deconstructed the arc of Stone's outspoken, controversial life and career with extraordinary candor.This book collects those conversations for the first time, including anecdotes about Stone's childhood, Vietnam, his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his continual struggle to reinvent himself as an artist. Their dialogue is illustrated byhundreds of never-before-seen photographs and documents from Stone's personal archive, dating back to Stone's birth: personal snapshots, private correspondence, annotated script pages and storyboards, behind-the-scenes photography, andproduction files from all of his films to datethrough 2016'sSnowden, and including Stone's epic Showtime mini-seriesUntold HIstory of the United States. Critical commentary from Seitz on each of Stone's films is joined byoriginalessays from filmmaker Ramin Bahrani; writer, editor, and educator Kiese Laymon; writer and actor Jim Beaver; and film critics Walter Chaw, Michael Guarnieri, Kim Morgan, and Alissa Wilkinson.

At once a complex analysis of a master directors vision and a painfully honest critical biography in widescreen technicolor,The Oliver Stone Experienceis as daring, intense, and provocative as Stones filmsit's an Oliver Stone movie about Oliver Stone, in the form of a book.

Both this book and Stones highly anticipated film,Snowden, will be released in September 2016 tocoincide with Stones seventieth birthday(September 15, 1946).

Also available from Matt Zoller Seitz:Mad Men Carousel,The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads,The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel, andThe Wes Anderson Collection.

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