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Stone Talks Wall Street Dysfunction and South of the Border Tour

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 16, 2010 at 10:40AM

Fox conducted Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps interviews at the Hotel du Cap cabanas by the Mediterranean on a grey day with drizzle in the air. I have always enjoyed talking to Oliver Stone. An unashamed liberal, he's a well-informed, gifted visual storyteller who, like Clint Eastwood, keeps hungrily filling his head with knowledge and churning out movies. Saturday Stone sat with a group of international press and expounded on his fave obsession, the dysfunctional world financial system--and he also excoriates the International Monetary Fund.
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Fox conducted Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps interviews at the Hotel du Cap cabanas by the Mediterranean on a grey day with drizzle in the air. I have always enjoyed talking to Oliver Stone. An unashamed liberal, he's a well-informed, gifted visual storyteller who, like Clint Eastwood, keeps hungrily filling his head with knowledge and churning out movies. Saturday Stone sat with a group of international press and expounded on his fave obsession, the dysfunctional world financial system--and he also excoriates the International Monetary Fund.

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The movie has been pushed back to September and should play well on the fall fest circuit, but I don't see this commercial entertainment (enhanced as it is by Stone's political edge) as a slam-dunk best picture contender. Given a list of ten, however, if it's a hit and earns rave reviews, it could earn noms for best picture and Carey Mulligan and Frank Langella for supporting. (Here's my Wall Street 2 review.)

Stone is one of a group of intellectually curious directors who alternate big-studio fare, low-budget indies and docs. He also talks (Part 6) about his South American tour with doc South of the Border, which he premieres this June in seven South American capitals, attended (he hopes) by each of the presidents he interviewed, including Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Still to come, his third interview with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. At the Havana Film Festival in 1987, I got to know Stone and witnessed his introduction to Castro, who was still a tall, powerful charismatic figure then. Now physically diminished, he's still sharp, Stone said. The director is also working on a ten-part Secret History of America for Showtime.

The six-part interview is below, along with a clip of the press conference:

Stone Part 1:


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Press Conference (courtesy of Hollywood Elsewhere):

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.