Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Image via Apple

Apple has an exclusive trailer for Oliver Stone's W. (aka why the US presidential election is so anxiety inducing for the rest of us).

Not one to shy away from historical or political controversy, Stone's film is a very timely look at the life and leadership of George W. Bush. That the man behind the W, Josh Brolin suggests the film is akin to Dr. Strangelove, should fairly set the tone (and perhaps the tone of the reviews) of the film.

As a student of history trying to reconcile her love of (inaccurate/misleading/butchering - take your pick) historical films, I've always had a huge amount of respect for Oliver Stone. Audiences may disregard him as a crazed conspiracy theorist and historians may deride his treatment of the American past, but the man loves his history and knows how to make a compelling case for it on screen. Plus he's actually addressed the American Historical Association to discuss his films. The resulting book, Oliver Stone's USA, is a fascinating historiographical debate about his methods, his historical interpretations and indeed the very definition of history and her historians.

Needless to say, I'm eagerly anticipating W. and trust Stone won't scrimp on the history, or the controversy!

Nb. I haven't come across an Australian release date yet.

UPDATED 23/10/08:
There's my cinematic historian! Check out W. The Official Film Guide which sources and references 83 key events and sections of dialogue


Syms Covington said...

I love that extended trailer. Been watching it over and over for days.

"You mean like pullin' out there toenails huh huh huh"

Australian trailer cutters could learn something from it, even if it is almost too frenetic.

Pity the Australian release isn't until next year. Hello bit torrent!

Alice said...

I agree it's borderline Bruckheimer with the editing, but it's still an amazing trailer - such a fantastic soundtrack too.

And yes these delayed release dates really do push us towards piracy...tsk tsk!

Syms Covington said...

Aw crap, a Bushism spelling error: I mean "their"

Alice said...

Ha! I think Bush calls for typos and charming mispronunciations of "nuclear".

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