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The cinema of Oliver StoneArt, authorship and activism$
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099168

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099168.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The cinema of Oliver Stone

Ian Scott

Henry Thompson

Manchester University Press

Stone’s early film career, exemplified by productions like Platoon (1986) and Wall Street (1987) has often been contrasted by critics with a seemingly less vital period after the commercial failure of Nixon (1995). This chapter explains how a thematic analysis focusing on war, politics, money, love and corporations will be deployed to demonstrate a much more significant set of changes across Stone’s filmography and career. The chapter considers how Stone’s dramatic filmmaking shifted from specific critiques of the establishment in films like JFK (1991) towards more muted polemics in films like W. (2008) and a focus on morality. Accompanying this transition was the emergence of a distinct documentary style in films like Comandante (2003).

Keywords:   Stone, Vietnam, Snowden, melodrama, documentary

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