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Matt Zoller Seitz Announces "The Oliver Stone Experience"

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by Sam Adams
April 25, 2014 4:38 PM
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Tom Cruise in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"

With The Wes Anderson Collection reigning as the dedicated cinephile's fetish-object of choice for 2013, it was only a matter of time until Matt Zoller Seitz followed it up. That time, his publisher has announced, will be the fall of 2015, when Seitz's The Oliver Stone Experience is scheduled for publication. Seitz's history of writing about and talking to Stone goes back decades: Here he is last year, talking about Stone's "Untold History" with frequent collaborator Steven Boone; here, he talks with Stone himself about his time at NYU alongside Martin Scorsese. Given that Stone's critical currency has taken a tumble in recent years, the book is likely to be as much argument as celebration, and it will be interesting to see how Stone's more fluid, less twee style translates into book form. 

Stone will be appearing with "Born on the Fourth of July" at EbertFest tomorrow night. Here's the complete press release.

New York, New York–April 25–ABRAMS is proud to announce the Fall 2015 fully authorized publication of The Oliver Stone Experience. The book will be a comprehensive retrospective of Stone's life and career, from his early years as the dutiful son of a Republican stockbroker through the trauma of his infantry experience in Vietnam and his reinvention as an Oscar-winning, stylistically daring screenwriter and director.

Award-winning critic and filmmaker Matt Zoller Seitz, author of the New York Times bestseller The Wes Anderson Collection (Abrams)has been conducting comprehensive interviews with the director about his life and work during the last three years. The book will touch on Stone's work on films as writer, producer, and director, including Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, The Doors, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Any Given Sunday, W., Savages, and his epic revisionist documentary series The Untold History of the United States.

Like The Wes Anderson CollectionThe Oliver Stone Experience will feature original artwork, scene analyses, and voluminous footnotes, plus personal photos, script pages, letters, and other materials provided by Stone. Eric Klopfer, Seitz's editor on The Wes Anderson Collection, signed the deal with Seitz's literary agent, Amy Williams of McCormick & Williams.

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