Oliver Stone on Hollywood and the ?Machinery of War?
Posted on Sep 1, 2006
Oliver Stone, speaking at the Venice Film Festival, criticized Hollywood?s romance of war. ? ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’—these movies worshipped the machinery of war and I think America went back to the concept of war too easily.?
The controversial director acknowledged the relatively uplifting and positive bent of his latest movie, ?World Trade Center,? when compared with his earlier, darker work: “Things have gotten very dark and frankly there is more terror, there is more death, there is more war. The consequences of 9/11 are far worse than the day itself…. Somebody asked if it was too soon for this movie—I think in many ways it’s too late. We have got to wake up.”
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the screening, Stone said violence is a “cultural problem” for the US.
He said the late 1990s onwards saw a return of cinema which celebrated the idea of war - unlike his Vietnam films, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of July.
“We watched movies that promoted the concept of war, that promoted shock and awe,” Stone said.