New “Secret History” Mini-series by Oliver Stone

From the NY Daily News:

Oliver Stone has a secret . . . or ten.

The Academy Award-winning director is shooting a ten part nonfiction series for Showtime about “secret” events in U.S. history.

“Oliver Stone’s Secret History of America,” debuting in 2010, covers topics from the reasons behind the Cold War with the U.S.S.R. and changes in America’s global role since the fall of Communism to President Harry Truman’s difficult decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan in 1945.

Showtime says the project examines events that were “at the time under-reported, but crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history.”

Stone believes the series will become “the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation,” he said in a statement to Reuters. “I can only hope a change in our thinking will result.”

The 62-year-old won a Purple Heart for his military service in Vietnam, and drew praise for his Oscar-winning war films “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July”.

But his historical takes in the feature film “JFK” and his Fidel Castro documentary “Comandante” drew criticism, with some slamming his material for being opinionated or flat-out imaginative.

Stone’s last foray into political movies, “W,” about President George W. Bush, opened in 2008 just weeks before the last U.S. presidential election.

He’s currently filming a sequel to his 1987 hit “Wall Street,” which highlighted the greed and corruption behind the stock market and financial industry.

Stone has been working on his “Secret History” series for almost two years, and will narrate each 60-minute episode. An air date for the debut has not been set yet.

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