Shame on the Jerusalem Film Festival
A number of Stone’s more recent films, however, have dabbled in conspiracy theories, including 2016’s “Ukraine on Fire” – which received widespread criticism for promoting Kremlin talking points about the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. His 2017 documentary series “The Putin Tapes,” meanwhile, was likewise panned for providing a largely uncritical platform for the Russian president.
The Russian leader is not the first dictator to receive praise from Stone, who in 2010 released a documentary series that sought to “put into context” certain controversial figures, including Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin – who the director contended had been “vilified pretty thoroughly by history.”
He told reporters at the time that “Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect. ... People in America don’t know the connection between World War I and World War II.
“I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions ... go into the funding of the Nazi Party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated.
Several months later, Stone went even further, telling British weekly The Sunday Times that Jewish control of the media was preventing an open discussion of the Holocaust. He claimed, without offering proof, that the U.S. Jewish lobby has been controlling Washington’s foreign policy for years.
He quickly apologized, stating that “it was wrong of me to say that Israel or the pro-Israel lobby is to blame for America’s flawed foreign policy.”
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Over the past several months, I have shown in multiple blog posts how Oliver Stone's documentary series, JFK Revisited and JFK: Destiny Betrayed, misleads viewers. In fact, despite months of work, there are still many more misleading segments that need to be addressed. It's no wonder that the fact checkers of Netflix nixed the airing of the films.
There is a choice between four hours of tendentious nonsense (JFK: Destiny Betrayed) and two hours (JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass). As a handy guide for viewers, here are all those posts in order of their appearance in JFK: Destiny Betrayed and JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, preceded by some general critiques.