Small Beginnings: Oliver Stone

This week, Small Beginnings is taking a look at a writer, director and producer with a dramatic past, but one of the most political filmmakers today. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Oliver Stone.

William Oliver Stone was born in New York City in 1946 to a Wall Street Broker father, and a French mother. Stone found his passion for writing very early on but temporarily abandoned it after his parents divorced and went to Vietnam as a volunteer. He spent a little more than a year in the war and later produced an anti-war trilogy based on his experiences.

Back in the US he witnessed the student revolts from ’68, spent some time in Mexico and started studying film in NYC where Martin Scorsese was one of his first teachers. He wrote script after script but it took him a long time to get one produced until Midnight Express boomed with Columbia Pictures which brought him his first Academy Award. More political drama themed films followed and succeeded.

He continued to produce controversial films and faced all kinds of criticism but also many award nominations, 3 Academy Awards and a star on the walk of fame. Stone is known for his controversial work and personally says that he thinks films should wake people up and stimulate hearts and nerves.

Despite what people criticize about him, we thank Oliver Stone for his hard work and strive to find truth and wish him and his career and family all the best.

When you look at a movie, you look at a director’s thought process.

Oliver Stone

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