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Jim,

Many thanks for posting this interview.  I felt that Stone responded very astutely to the edgy questions posed by the interviewer.  The documentary sounds exciting, and Stone provided a good teaser, especially in his point about what we know today about Oswald: 

"The last thing is the C.I.A. connection to Oswald.  This is also far from settled fact.   We have a stronger case, not only for post-Russia but also for pre-Russia.  In other words, he was working with the C.I.A. before he went and when he came back."

Thanks!



James

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If this work of Stone's turns out to be a movie then I think I will go to a movie again.  Haven't been to a movie in years.  There's way to much "social" content in movies today and not enough good scripts telling an interesting story with interesting characters.

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John:

No, these two films are documentaries.  The first on JFK, and the second on alternative energy.

Oliver and producer Rob WIlson could make a lot more money doing features.  But apparently he wants to do something meaningful.

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40 minutes ago, James DiEugenio said:

John:

No, these two film are documentaries.  The first on JFK, and the second on alternative energy.

Oliver and producer Rob WIlson could make a lot more money doing features.  But apparently he wants to do something meaningful.

       I really admire Oliver Stone as a script writer and feature film maker, but I admire him even more for his incisive political/educational documentaries during the later years of his career, including the Untold History.

       I think I've now watched every film Oliver Stone ever made, including (finally) the Showtime Putin interviews.

       As for the Putin interviews, my impression is that Oliver Stone was a bit exasperated (or, at least, incredulous) about Vlad's prevarications in the final interview, after reports had surfaced about GRU meddling in the 2016 elections.  I also thought that Putin seemed far less forthright and credible in that final interview, when he repeatedly denied to Stone (with sideways glances and a faint, sly smile) that Russia had conspired to put Trump in the White House.

      Far from looking like a "useful idiot," Stone looked visibly disappointed with Vlad for pulling his leg.  Just my impression.

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BTW, about doing something meaningful, I think he essentially says that in the interview.

He gets offers which he does not take.   But he then goes out and does these documentaries. BTW, I should add, because they are documentaries that does not mean they are easier to do. Or less time consuming.  Not the way he does them.  This particular JFK one, this has been going on for well over a year now.  Many long days where we did not get out of the office until like 9 PM.  And Rob Wilson, the producer, has been doing a remarkable job digging up archival footage which I did not even know existed.

 

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Congratulations Jim on Stone getting even just the title of the Documentary Destiny Betrayed mentioned in the NYT magazine as well as a few comments on it.

"and then there's Vietnam.  "No historian can now honestly say that the Vietnam War was Kennedy's child".  Touché, for you and him.

"I don't Want to criticize your (news) paper , but if it was honest, it would be doing this work instead of just saying "It's all settled".  Double touché for him on that one.

"It will be out.  Even if it's on YouTube.  Or in Transylvania."  Nice to see his commitment to it being available to be seen by the public.

 

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9 hours ago, James DiEugenio said:

Wait until you see what we have on Vietnam, between Newman and James Galbraith.

Galbraith talks about his father and JFK, what a story.  Kennedy was really lucky to have JKG as a tutor because that is the way he communicated with him when he became president.

 

If this information about JFK, Galbraith, and Vietnam can't go mainstream in the U.S. media, nothing should.  Move over, Ken Burns.

I liked the line in the NYT interview where Stone wonders why he has to do the investigative reporting on JFK and Vietnam, instead of the "investigative reporters" in the M$M.

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