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Free Resource (#509) - March 4th, 2008
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An Evening with Oliver Stone: A Dialogue on Classic Filmmaking

Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone struggles with how Hollywood adapts history, in this insightful one on one discussion provided on video from UCTV. Interviewed just after finishing his epic take on the life of Alexander the Great, Stone provides the details of a film that took years of research and devotion, only to be criticized and panned upon release.

Here Stone gives a harrowing account of what it takes to make history sellable in today's movie landscape and reveals a filmmaker that is as educated and opinionated as any scholar on the subject. This title is available on streaming and downloadable video from Google Video.

An Evening with Oliver Stone: A Dialogue on Classic Filmmaking

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