Oliver Stone is making his most ambitious stab at American history yet.

The controversial director is creating a 10-part documentary series for Showtime titled "Secret History of America."
Narrated by Stone, the series promises to focus on events that "at the time went under-reported, but crucially shaped America's unique and complex history of the last 60 years," according to Showtime.

Subjects will include President Harry Truman¹s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, the origins of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, to "the fierce struggle between war and peace in America¹s national security complex."
The project includes "newly discovered facts and accounts" from the Kennedy administration, the Vietnam War and the great changes in America¹s role in the world since the fall of Communism in the 1980s.

³Through this epic 10-hour series, which I feel is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation, I can only hope a change in our thinking will result," Stone said in a statement.
The director of other historical dramas like "JFK," "Nixon" and "Platoon" is currently working on "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" and couldn't be reached for further comment. The sure-to-be-discussed project will premiere on the network in 2010.
"We are very happy that Oliver Stone has chosen Showtime as the home for his provocative series about key unknown moments of American history,² Showtime programming president Robert Greenblatt said. ³Not only has his name become synonymous with visionary filmmaker, but Oliver is also a fascinating storyteller always striving to shed new light on the human experience. His continuing curiosity about real events of the 20th century has now led him to a documentary series unlike any other, which is why it's perfect for our premium audience."
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Oliver Stone is making his most ambitious stab at American history yet.

Fortunately, I don't think he can down enough drugs to kill America, and his knife just ain't so sharp any more.
"Skipper"
Oliver Stone is making his most ambitious stab at American history yet.

Fortunately, I don't think he can down enough drugs to kill America, and his knife just ain't so sharp any more.

I watched THE DOORS DVD the other day, and paid particular attention to the Director's Commentary in the light of what you've said about Stone in the past.
One big scene where naked people are dancing around a huge bonfire at some open-air Doors concert, Stone says something like, "We got some Native Americans down from (wherever), and they were just amazed at the goings-on. All these old hippies. They came out of the woodwork. We had no trouble getting them to take their clothes off. We couldn't stop them. And they all had, like, their own acid and stuff, and it was, like, just some big party for them." (From memory. Don't crucify me if it's not accurate.)
But I must say, the subtext of his tone of voice was, 'If you happen to run out of acid, just ask old Uncle Ollie here and I'm sure we'll be able to fix you up, no problemo.'

Martin B
Ollie, if you're reading this, I think you're a great filmmaker. Maybe flawed, but definitely great.
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"Skipper"

Fortunately, I don't think he can down enough drugs to kill America, and his knife just ain't so sharp any more.

I watched THE DOORS DVD the other day, and paid particular attention to the Director's Commentary in the light of ... of acid, just ask old Uncle Ollie here and I'm sure we'll be able to fix you up, no problemo.'

He was interviewed in The Daily Breeze, a Manhattan Beach, CA paper, when the movie came out and he crowed about having all the kids in the concert scene on acid and "It was great!" Given the amount of people, I can't help but imagine that ole Ollie supplied the acid.

And wilder yet, Val Kilmer is a Christian Scientist and does no drugs, from what I know about him (from his former assistant).

I mean, when will Stone ever grow up? Maybe never.

Oddly enough, I'm currently working with Ray Manzarek on a couple of projects.
"Skipper"

Fortunately, I don't think he can down enough drugs to kill America, and his knife just ain't so sharp any more.

I watched THE DOORS DVD the other day, and paid particular attention to the Director's Commentary in the light of ... of acid, just ask old Uncle Ollie here and I'm sure we'll be able to fix you up, no problemo.'

Wasn't the whole Doors/drugs thing summarily and comprehensively debunked on this very forum some years ago?
I'd love to see Stone go back to the JFK/Nixon days; they're two terrific films (and Nixon in particular is much underrated).
Wasn't the whole Doors/drugs thing summarily and comprehensively debunked on this very forum some years ago?

At least twice. In detail. It's totally discredited.
I'd love to see Stone go back to the JFK/Nixon days; they're two terrific films (and Nixon in particular is much underrated).

I found his take on George W Bush really interesting too. And far from the expected hatchet job.

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