Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success.
After dropping out of Yale University, Oliver Stone became a soldier in the Vietnam War. Serving in two different regiments (including 1rst Cavalry), he was introduced to The Doors, drugs, Jefferson Airplane, and other things that defined the sixties. For his actions in the war, he was awarded a Bronze Star for Gallantry and a Purple Heart. Returning from the war, Stone did not return to graduate from Yale. His first film was a student film entitled Last Year in Viet Nam (1971), followed by the gritty horror film Seizure (1974) for which he also wrote the screenplay. The next seven years saw him direct two films: Mad Man of Martinique (1979) and The Hand (1981), starring Michael Caine. He also wrote many screenplays… read more
I think these humanizing portraits of political leaders are misleading. People always come out with the thought, "He was flawed, but he did what he believed in." Liberal bullshit! Nixon wasn't "forced" to do anything, he represented class forces that wanted to continue Vietnam and repress the left-wing uprisings. It has nothing to do with his "personality."
A sprawling, paranoid epic of whispered conversations and men in ugly suits standing at oddly tilted angles, beautifully filmed by Richardson. Manages to feel both urgent and oppressively endless, like a giant summer thunderstorm shot through with sudden changes in film stock and sprinkles of hamfisted symbolism like flashes of distant lightning. By the end, I was mostly glad I don't live in Stone's White House.
Hyper editing that borders on surreal. Takes the kinetic, dense-with-information-that-constantly-flies-at-your-face style of JFK to a whole new level. The movie effectively puts you in Nixon's paranoid mind for 3.5 hours, and it flies by. My personal favorite of Stone's. It haunts me.
For anyone who knows Shakespeare, Nixon is a reminiscent of King Lear in which a man would rise to power but lead to his own downfall. Hopkins gave a bravado performance in his portrayal of Richard Nixon and special thanks to Joan Allen as Pat Nixon. Great writing from Oliver Stone as well.