Filmmaker Oliver Stone has been keeping busy. In research for his forthcoming Showtime documentary series, “The Untold History of the United States,” which re-examines crucial events in American history, Stone conducted a seven hour interview with Tariq Ali, the Pakistani-born activist and intellectual who inspired the Rolling Stones song “Street Fighting Man.” That dialog formed the basis for a 2011 book co-authored by Stone and Ali, “On History,” which deals extensively with America’s relationship with the Middle East, as well as for a January 19 talk by the two at the New York Public Library.
Stone’s next feature, “Savages,” starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro, is also set for release this year. The movie depicts the conflict between California marijuana growers and Mexican drug cartels. The Forward’s Ed Rampell talked with Stone about his new book and documentary projects, Palestine, Israel, Iran, Newt Gingrich and more.
Ed Rampell: How Would You Describe “The Untold History of the United States”?
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