If anyone has mastered making controversial films, specifically ones with a political slant, it is director Oliver Stone. Now, the news comes that Stone isn’t slowing down and is taking on the most controversial political topic of the last few years. Stone has signed on to direct a film based on the book “The Snowden Files.” That book, by author Luke Harding, tells the story of all the events surrounding Edward Snowden’s whistle blowing efforts against the United States government to The Guardian newspaper.
With Oliver Stone heading back to controversial political subjects once again, here is a look at three movies that showed him at the top of his game.
The first big political controversy that Stone attacked was the Warren Commission’s findings after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. “JFK” was Stone’s version of what might have happened after President Kennedy was assassinated, in comparison to what the Warren Commission claimed. The movie was based on the book by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, played in the movie by Kevin Costner. To this day, Stone still refutes the Warren Commission’s findings as fictional.
The next United States President that Stone went after in a movie was Richard Nixon. Of course, “Nixon” isn’t the first nor was it the last time that Nixon was part of a movie effort. “All the President’s Men” told the story of the Watergate Scandal when it broke and “Frost/Nixon” told the story of Nixon’s first major interview after the scandal. Stone’s movie actually looked more into Richard Nixon as a human being, who had flaws but was more complex than the villain he has been depicted as in the past. Stone said his work here was to help people understand the truth behind the myths.
Finally, the biggest controversy behind the film “W.” was that Stone made the movie while President George W. Bush was still in office. Josh Brolin starred in the movie as President Bush and the film was a surprisingly tame movie compared to what Stone had directed in the past. Instead of portraying Bush as a president who committed numerous war crimes, Stone painted Bush as a reluctant president who was manipulated by the men he surrounded himself with. It was a very sympathetic look at the embattled president.