Jammed with lengthy and insightful Q&As with three-time Oscar-winner Oliver Stone
, as well as news clippings, script pages, rare photos, and production memos, Matt Zoller Seitz
’s 480-page book “The Oliver Stone
Experience” is, like the filmmaker and his movies, obsessive and captivating.
Even longtime fans of the polarizing but undeniably brilliant director might not know the practical reason behind the innovative style of “JFK
,” that “The Doors” was originally visualized as a Fellini movie, or why Stone was sued for incitement of violence in the wake of “Natural Born Killers
.” Other highlights of the book, available Sept. 13 for $50, include treatments for unproduced films, storyboards, and scene breakdowns.
More than just a fawning career survey, Seitz’s probing questions challenge Stone on a number of important subjects, including the representation of women in his work. Seitz argues that prior to the 1993 drama “Heaven and Earth
,” Stone’s female characters