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Chasing the Light Writing Directing and Surviving Platoon Midnight Express Scarface Salvador and the Movie GameAn intimate memoir by the controversial and outspoken Oscar winning director and screenwriter about his complicated New York childhood volunteering for combat and his struggles and triumphs making such films as Platoon Midnight Express and Scarface Before the international success of Platoon in 1986 Oliver Stone had been wounded as an infantryman in Vietnam and spent years writing unproduced scripts while driving taxis in New York finally venturing westward to Los Angeles and a new life Stone now 73 recounts those formative years with in the moment details of the high and low moments We see meetings with Al Pacino over Stone's scripts for Scarface Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July; the harrowing demon of cocaine addiction following the failure of his first feature The Hand starring Michael Caine; his risky on the ground research of Miami drug cartels for Scarface; his stormy relationship with The Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino; the breathless hustles to finance the acclaimed and divisive Salvador; and tensions behind the scenes of his first Academy Award winning film Midnight Express Chasing the Light is a true insider's look at Hollywood's years of upheaval in the 1970s and '80s I’ll have to admit I was slightly disappointed when I learned that Oliver Stone’s autobiographical ‘Chasing the Light’ only covered his life up to his breakthrough success with Platoon He made several great films after that including some of the most fascinating and controversial of that generation Born on the Fourth of July JFK and Natural Born Killers What he’s given us here though feels neither truncated nor incomplete Stone is interested in the forces that shaped him as a person and an artist as well as the seeds of his mad ambition which partly manifested themselves in his tempestuous filmmaking experiences It’s a self portrait raw emotional brutally honest Here we have the antithesis of the cliched shallow ego stroking Hollywood autobiography as the writer director lays bare his flaws and failures alongside his hard fought victoriesFrom a happy sheltered upbringing in New York’s Upper East Side – his stoic Jewish father worked on Wall Street his vivacious French mother courted the Bohemian society – to his parents’ crushing divorce on to his nomadic wanderings around South East Asia which led to him volunteering to fight in Vietnam Stone’s early journey is joyful sad and a whirlwind of broken dreams and stirring passions The way he describes himself his spiral into aimlessness we can see the adversities accumulate forces that could either break a young man or forge him into something vital It took time heartbreaks perseverance and help along the way for him to find his personal spark in the creative process and fan it into screenplays that would blaze with his particular visionEven after he’d gained his foothold in Hollywood he had to fight an uphill Sisyphean battle every time often to no avail And the successes along the way like Midnight Express and Scarface inflicted wounds both professionally and personally that he carried into future projects Lessons learned the hard way At times Stone was his own worst enemy by his own admission Hubris cocaine naivety arrogance bad choices his honesty is welcome his self analysis illuminating I knew by reputation that he could be abrasive but I didn’t realise how fragile his confidence could be He’s a complicated guy no uestion and to his credit he digs deep to try to grapple with those contradictory forcesGreek mythology has clearly had a profound influence on him The way he approaches this literary self portrait reminds me of his treatment of Alexander the Great – firstly identify the forces that shaped what he would become and then weave them throughout his life story sometimes in non linear fashion with flashbacks asides and stream of consciousness passages He never loses sight of those formative influences – his parents their divorce mythology movies combat politics etc – and it’s a pleasure to see him address them at the various stages of his arduous climb to the top Salvador and Platoon were the double whammy that thrust him to the front ranks of American filmmakers in the mid eighties What’s clear from his behind the scenes accounts of those productions and indeed the crazy journeys of the projects to production is that he earned every bit of his successChasing the Light is a riveting read There’s rarely a dull page in this frank fiercely self aware autobiography I’ve been a fan of Oliver Stone’s work for years both as a writer and director and this book has only bolstered my appreciation It’s a scintillating chronicle of an artist’s almost Homeric struggle to discover and eventually to blaze onto the screen his own maverick personal visionHighly recommended

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Chasing the Light doc Ê ↠ Oliver Stone ↠ ➿ [Download] ➽ Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game By Oliver Stone ➵ – Goproled.co.uk An intimate memoir by the controversial and outspoken Oscar winning director and screenwriteAn intimate memoir by the controversial and outspoken Oscar winning director and screenwriter about his complicated New York childhood volunteering for combat and his struggles and triumphs making such films as Platoon Midnight Express and Scarface Before the international success of Platoon in 1986 Oliver Stone had been wounded as an infantryman in Vietnam and spent years writing unproduced scripts while driving taxis in New York finally venturing westward to Los Angeles and a new life Stone now 73 recounts those formative years with in the moment details of the high and low moments We see meetings with Al Pacino over Stone's scripts for Scarface Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July; the harrowing demon of cocaine addiction following the failure of his first feature The Hand starring Michael Caine; his risky on the ground research of Miami drug cartels for Scarface; his stormy relationship with The Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino; the breathless hustles to finance the acclaimed and divisive Salvador; and tensions behind the scenes of his first Academy Award winning film Midnight Express Chasing the Light is a true insider's look at Hollywood's years of upheaval in the 1970s and '80s This is a notch above the usual self agrandizing drivel most biographies fall into Stone has a genuinely different take on the world the early years before he made it are worth reading alone It's a book that shows this big name director has a heart and is very self aware of his fallings which is very refreshing Cracking read

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An intimate memoir by the controversial and outspoken Oscar winning director and screenwriter about his complicated New York childhood volunteering for combat and his struggles and triumphs making such films as Platoon Midnight Express and Scarface Before the international success of Platoon in 1986 Oliver Stone had been wounded as an infantryman in Vietnam and spent years writing unproduced scripts while driving taxis in New York finally venturing westward to Los Angeles and a new life Stone now 73 recounts those formative years with in the moment details of the high and low moments We see meetings with Al Pacino over Stone's scripts for Scarface Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July; the harrowing demon of cocaine addiction following the failure of his first feature The Hand starring Michael Caine; his risky on the ground research of Miami drug cartels for Scarface; his stormy relationship with The Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino; the breathless hustles to finance the acclaimed and divisive Salvador; and tensions behind the scenes of his first Academy Award winning film Midnight Express Chasing the Light is a true insider's look at Hollywood's years of upheaval in the 1970s and '80s One thing is certain I don’t think there is a single American filmmaker working today who could write a book half as good as this Stone has an erudition a cultural bandwidth and a self awareness that comes across on every page The son of a successful Jewish businessman and a French mother he was brought up bilingual bi national and privileged Not many directors could devote several pages to Homer these days or discuss a montage in Pierrot le Fou Maybe only Paul Schrader could do thatChasing the Light great title covers his childhood his parent’s divorce his tours of duty in Vietnam his alienation from almost everything his anarchism his drug addiction his paranoia his marriages his failures and successes After Vietnam where he got wounded and saw the man he killed he lived frugally and wrote feverishly like some beat poet somehow ending up with Robert Bolt as his mentor Bolt taught him the practicalities of screenwriting and he also got Stone a serious agent Conseuently his script for Platoon made the rounds and while no one wanted to make it everyone recognised Stone’s talent as a writer his script for Midnight Express earned him his first Oscar He was suddenly an A lister There were scripts for Milius's Conan the Barbarian De Palma's Scarface and Cimino's Year of the DragonStone who seemed to be stoned a lot of the time covers all this with unflinching honesty Until the raw and thrilling Salvador the combative opinionated and iconoclastic director was always just an inch away from rejection by the Hollywood establishment But the book has an inevitable trajectory running at a canter towards his Oscar winning triumph with PlatoonOne hopes for a second volume