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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.28) 1 War
The cinema of Oliver Stone

Ian Scott

Henry Thompson

Manchester University Press

By any standard, Stone has been a product of war; intrigued by it, physically and psychologically marked by it, propelled to action by it, and galvanised in opposition to it. The chapter takes Platoon as its starting point before considering how ideas of war have informed the construction and reception of later films like World Trade Center (2006) and W. (2008) as well as the Untold History (2012) documentary series. Stone’s perspective on war provides a firm footing from which to interpret not just his films or the wider Hollywood machinery, but to think more carefully about the American polity and its constant, historical and reiterating focus on the mantras of ‘just war’ and the ‘war on terror’

Keywords:   Stone, war, Vietnam, Documentary

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