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Thu, May 18, 2017 - Sat, May 20, 2017
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UNCONVENTIONAL NARRATIVE: FILMS OF OLIVER STONE

A director, writer and/or producer of some of the most iconic films of our time, Oliver Stone has been confounding conventional narratives all of his life. Born in relative affluence in New York City, Stone dropped out of Yale University in the mid-1960s to teach in Vietnam; after conflict there began to escalate, he enlisted in the United States Army and volunteered for combat duty, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service. After the war, he studied filmmaking at New York University.

Stone’s breakthrough came in 1978 with MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, for which he won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. He earned a Best Director Oscar for 1986’s PLATOON, the first of three films inspired by his Vietnam War experiences; BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (another Oscar winner) and HEAVEN AND EARTH looked at the conflict through the perspective of veterans and refugees, respectively. Current events have proven fertile ground for Stone, though his take on power brokers (NIXON), whistle-blowers (SNOWDEN) and others doesn’t always line up with the “official” version of history.

While Stone’s films eagerly engage politics and other weighty issues, they never skimp on entertainment. As the director once noted, “I make my films like you’re going to die if you miss the next minute. You better not go get popcorn.” NATURAL BORN KILLERS peppers its critique of tabloid-driven culture with humor and thrill-a-minute action. SALVADOR exposes American involvement with dictatorships, but does it by following a fascinating, flawed lead character (played by Oscar nominee James Woods). If controversy sometimes follows when Oliver Stone trains his camera on a subject, a memorable night at the movies is always guaranteed.

Writer Jim Hemphill has more to say about Oliver Stone's films here.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

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Aero TheatreThu, May 18, 2017 - Sat, May 20, 2017
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Oliver Stone In Person!
Thu, May 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Oliver Stone In Person!
Fri, May 19, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Oliver Stone In Person!
Sat, May 20, 2017 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre