Quotes by: Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone in Comic-Con, 2016
Born William Oliver Stone
(1946-09-15) September 15, 1946 (age 70)
New York City, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University (B.F.A.)
Yale University
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer, soldier
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Najwa Sarkis (m. 1971; div. 1977)
Elizabeth Burkit Cox (m. 1981; div. 1993)
Sun-jung Jung (m. 1996)
Children 3
Awards Academy Award for Best Director
1986 Platoon
1989 Born on the Fourth of July
Légion d'Honneur (2004)
Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
1978 Midnight Express

It's interesting that when economic times were the hardest, that's when many people embraced liberalism.
Oliver Stone
I think that many people in history who had power were bumped off because they had power.
Oliver Stone
I will come out with my interpretation. If I'm wrong, fine. It will become part of the debris of history, part of the give and take.
Oliver Stone
Fear may very well be a caveman fear of the predator, of the giant lizard chasing them - maybe that's what Steven Spielberg connects with so well in Lost World.
Oliver Stone
You're not a historian, but most historians will tell you that they make very discrete judgment as to what facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape, some length that can be managed.
Oliver Stone
I'd love to do historical pictures more, but I don't know if I can.
Oliver Stone
A woman can be very beautiful and an ideal model and she will photograph incredibly well, but she'll appear in film and it won't work. What works is some fusion of physical beauty with some mental field or whatever you call it. I don't know.
Oliver Stone
I'd like to do a story about the medieval ages where in every scene you'd sort of feel that you were in the 12th century. That would be great to get that feeling.
Oliver Stone
Well first of all you have to make the character strong so that people can follow that. And then hopefully that character can integrate with the background of the social situation that people can recognize.
Oliver Stone
I do believe there are leaders who are like lightning and they come along and they lead. The Lincolns of the world, the Alexander the Greats, they do exist. They have existed.
Oliver Stone
I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill. It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.
Oliver Stone
I would vote for the man who's lived life, who's done different occupations, who's been out in the real world and struggled to make a living, struggled to raise a family, struggled with life as it exists. So I'd vote for experience, honest experience.
Oliver Stone
When I was a child, I'd see a movie, I took it for what it was, I enjoyed it. And if I believed it I would tend to be more interested in knowing more about it.
Oliver Stone
One of my fantasies in my life has been that I was granted access with a camera to go back in time, and to film the actual campaign of Alexander crossing into India through Iran and Persia.
Oliver Stone
But in answer to your question about the conspiracy angle, I think that any historian worth his salt, and this is where I fault Stephen Ambrose and a lot of these guys who attack me - not all of life is a result of conspiracy by any means! Accident occurs alongside conspiracy.
Oliver Stone
I have the right to interpretation as a dramatist. I research. It's my responsibility to find the research. It's my responsibility to digest it and do the best that I can with it. But at a certain point that responsibility will become an interpretation.
Oliver Stone
You do the best job you can. You take it step by step. It's hard enough to make a movie. If it works, that's great. If it means something beyond the moment to somebody, they can take it and it lasts through the years, we'll see.
Oliver Stone
I am not trying to be a historian and a dramatist; I'm a dramatist, a dramatic historian, or one who does a dramatic interpretation of history.
Oliver Stone
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