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Have only thumbed through this book as I just received it. However initial impressions are that's it's a fantastic purchase. Really pleased with it. It weighs a ton and feels real quality. Loads and loads of pictures. Seems to be structured around a lengthy interview with Oliver Stone so won't know till I read it if it jumps about or goes chronologically but the index indicates it works forward from first movie to last. A very very impressive looking work
I wish there were books this in depth about more directors. I've always like Oliver Stone, but he'd fallen off my radar until I heard an interview on the podcast Filmspotting with Matt Zoller Seitz. That led me to blind-buy The Oliver Stone Experience. Best blind-buy ever. It is an amazing dive into the mind of Oliver Stone, the time periods the movies were released, and the way they affected popular culture in their time. So much information (photos, essays, excerpts, reviews, etc.) that there is no way you will be disappointed. I love the movies and this is the pinnacle of books about directors. I
Comprehensive, fascinating production history and analysis via one of our greatest critics interviewing one of our greatest directors, with tons of incredible art and documentation. One of the best books on a director I've ever read - if not THE best.
I'd been waiting for a long time for a book like this to come out. I have more than a dozen books written about Oliver Stone and none of them compares to this magnificent work. I bought the hard cover edition in Strand in New York and the Kindle edition from Amazon. Yes, I bought it again so i could carry it everywhere. That's how good it is. It's one of the best in my collection (I have the Making of Space Odyssey - taschen limited edition (1000 copies), Kubrick's Napoleon book and others of that caliber. This one's placed among them. Oliver Stone is one of the great American directors of his generation, but his films go beyond the medium. He has re-written history and changed the way many Americans (and foreigners) understand the nation and its government. He makes us look at the side of many things through all the different layers. His movies (and interviews) help us understand the world through a multidimensional perspective. Complex Topics like war, power, polítics, mass media, the CIA, youth culture, patriotism and a long list of controversial subjects. Matt Zoller did an AMAZING work here. His book "TV- the book" is also a very very good. Looking forward to his next projects.