Oliver Stone's America: dreaming The Myth Outward (Film Studies)

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Critiques Stone's films, discussing mythmaking in a postmodern world, self-portraits of the tortured artist-visionary, and the Vietnam nightmare

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Susan Mackey-Kallis is an assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department at Villanova University.

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Mackey-Kallis (communication arts, Villanova) presents a much-needed, but flawed, full-length study of one of America's most controversial filmmakers. Following an opening chapter outlining Stone's dilemma as a left-wing director in a conservative Hollywood, she effectively organizes the text in historical fashion. The author begins with a detailed discussion of JFK, which she considers the fundamental work of Stone's career, and then addresses the Vietnam trilogy. Following is a discussion of The Doors, Salvador, and Talk Radio in terms of their portrayal of a tortured artist-visionary. The text concludes by juxtaposing readings of Wall Street and Natural Born Killers, which the author describes as America's encounter with its shadow self. Mackey-Kallis's organization of Stone's oeuvre is compelling, but her theoretical position is inadequate. She speaks from the perspective of perennial philosophy, which turns out to be a version of New Age "transconciousness." The author's lack of a materialist grounding leads her to assume an insufficiently critical perspective on Stone's frequent historical simplification. Still, the book is enjoyable reading and a beginning toward understanding an important cultural figure. Recommended for larger academic film collections.?David Seelow, SUNY Coll. at Old Westbury
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