Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Oliver Stone talked with Washington Post chief film critic Ann Hornaday about his new memoir, “Chasing The Light,” which explores his complicated childhood, his time in combat in Vietnam and his remarkably successful career in filmmaking.

Highlights

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Oliver Stone’s “JFK.” Stone talked about what led him to make the film and how the movie developed. “That story is much bigger than the [Jim] Garrison story. It’s a bigger story of a worldwide concept of the foreign affairs. What Kennedy is doing in office, why was he killed, what was the motive? And that’s what the movie becomes about.” (Washington Post Live)
Director and screenwriter Oliver Stone says the United States went to war in Vietnam “on a false basis.” “It was a lie, another lie, and that war was a disaster. It resulted in many changes, but not enough changes. Unfortunately, the same forces that made that war happen continue in our lives, and they controlled us and pushed us into another war and another war.” (Washington Post Live)

Oliver Stone

A fixture within the industry for almost 40 years, Oliver Stone won his first Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Midnight Express (1978) and won his second and third as Best Director for Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989) consecutively Other notable projects include Wall Street (1987), JFK (1991), Nixon (1995), W.(2008), Savages (2012) and 2016′s Snowden, along with the screenplay for Brian De Palma’s 1983 film Scarface which went on to become one of the most iconic films in history.