The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Oliver Stone, the three-time Oscar winning writer/director who just published his coming-of-age memoir Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador and the Movie Game. Stone went on to become one of the seminal directors of his era with films like JFK, Wall Street, U-Turn, Born on The Fourth of July, Nixon, W, Natural Born Killers, World Trade Center, Any Given Sunday, Alexander and many other films and documentaries. Stone returned from the Vietnam War and traded his rifle for a camera at NYU, where Martin Scorsese was one of his instructors and encouraged his edgy, uncompromising style. How did Stone gravitate toward a style of film making that seemed a close cousin to expose documentaries, a style that propelled him from a part time cab driver to the Oscar winning writer of Midnight Express in just 18 months? He gives a clear sense of his influences in this video interview.
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