Chasing the light writing, directing, and surviving Platoon, Midnight express, Scarface, Salvador, and the movie game

by Stone, Oliver,

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"An intimate memoir by the controversial, Oscar-winning director and screenwriter about his privileged New York upbringing, volunteering for combat, and his struggles and triumphs making such landmark films as Platoon, Midnight Express, and Scarface"--
Child of divorce
Strange days
The land across the sea
Midnight express
Waiting for the miracle
South of the border
Salvador, to hell and back
Back to the jungle
Top of the world.

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Stone's autobiography is every bit the stylish, unapologetic, and at times self-aggrandizing document one would expect based on his flamboyant films. Stone describes his upbringing as that of a consummate boomer, raised by wildly contrasting parents--a hustling Wall Street broker father and a French socialite mother. Volunteering for service in Vietnam after getting kicked out of Yale ("I remember staring at a long column of F's--or was it zeros?"), Stone survived some vicious combat, then moved to N.Y.C.'s Lower East Side and drove a cab to support himself. After NYU film school (where Martin Scorsese taught him), he made an early splash as a screenwriter, winning an Oscar for Midnight Express in 1978, before the setback of his Hollywood directorial debut, the ill-received 1981 horror film The Hand. Writing Scarface (1983) was a comeback of sorts, even if the film initially received a poor critical reception. Then he went on a go-for-broke crusade to both write and direct more personal films, finally achieved with 1986's Salvador. Stone's subsequent hits, including JFK, Wall Street, and Platoon, receive short shrift here, and fans of those flicks will be left wishing Stone revisits them more extensively in a later volume. However, readers more interested in artists' early struggles than in their glory days will be fascinated. (July)"
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Subjects Stone, Oliver
Motion picture producers and directors United States Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Performing Arts
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HMH Books,2020
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Language English
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ISBN 9780358345664
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