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January 5, 2013
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– Oliver Stone’s:
“The Untold History of the United States” –
| Author: EYE-BALL MovieZone | Undated 9th Nov 2012 |
Review Links – 2012-13 TV Doco – Oliver Stone’s: “The Untold History of the United States”


Oliver Stone’s:The Untold History of the United States

[Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above …]

In 2009, it emerged that Stone was preparing a documentary miniseries for Showtime with the working title Oliver Stone’s Secret History of America. It would cover “the reasons behind the Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and changes in America’s global role since the fall of Communism.” In January 2010, it was revealed that he had been working on the project since 2008 with American University historian Peter J. Kuznick, who co-wrote the script with Stone, along with British screenwriter Matt Graham. Stone is the director and narrator of all 10 episodes, which intend to provide an unconventional account of some of the darkest parts of twentieth century history using little known documents and newly uncovered archival material.

The first three episodes of the series premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 6, 2012, which Indiewire described as “extremely compelling” and “daring”.

Stone described the project as “the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done. Certainly in documentary form, and perhaps in fiction, feature form.” Because of Stone’s feature film commitments, production took four years to complete. Stone confessed “It was supposed to take two years but it’s way over schedule”, The premiere was finally set for November 12, 2012. Stone spent $1 million of his own money on the budget, which had inflated from $3 million to $5 million.

The series premiered on Showtime in November 2012. Executive producers are Tara Tremaine and Rob Wilson. A book by the same name was also published.

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EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

Oliver Stone has always been a brave producer of political motivated films and documentaries.

Movies like ‘Platoon’ won him best Picture at the 1886 Academy Awards … ‘JFK’, ‘Nixon’, and ’13 Days’ represent more political acclaimed drama, Wall Street 1 and 2 gave him creditability in understanding global financial markets … all this gives him imense creditablity and his latest project does not disappoint.

He has proven his understanding of history and this series will galvanise and challenge those with poor knowledge of modern history, and those who want to forget America’s role in recent atrocities so wanting to be forgotten.

This is a 10 part Documentary series and at the time of writing this review, 8 episodes have been aired on the American Showtime Network. It has not been shown in Australia – well not that I have been able to establish.

Much of the archival footage is familiar, however the narrative and new footage of the Allied Leaders – i.e. Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt – during the closing stages of WWII where the carve-up of conquered Nations was being played out as a chess game of brinkmanship astounds even now.

Much of this history was not taught in my history classes during the late 60’s early 70’s … and if you think current and modern-day atrocities in Syria and the like are harrowing – Stone’s presentation will give you new thoughts of what the British and American Leadership was capable of.   Stalin already has a place in genocidal history – can you imagine Americans and the British having their history being challenged by the thought that they themselves were War Criminals in and during WWII …

This is must view television if one sees clouds looming over the world once again as the GFC drains Nations and their ability to survive … the diplomacy exposed in this series  via footage and narration is done without fear of backlash … to draw a line with modern diplomacy our current Leaders would be seen as idiots …

Much can be learned from this brilliant series … it highlights flaws and mistakes made by Leaders once thought to be the best of their time … it demonstrates human frailty and its ability to place survival above fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear that someone else will do to you what you fear most in doing to them.


Oliver Stones Bio:

Linked here:

William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came into public attention in the mid 1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. He won further attention—and controversy—with the films JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon. Many of Stone’s films focus on contemporary American political and cultural issues.

Stone has received three Academy Awards for his work on the films Midnight Express, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of July. Stone was also presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 2007 Austin Film Festival. British newspaper The Guardian described Stone as “one of the few committed men of the left working in mainstream American cinema.” Stone’s films often combine different camera and film formats within a single scene (including VHS and 8 mm film) as evidenced in JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon.

Review Score: Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: 9.0/10 …

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