Oliver Stone Delivers American Critique for the Ages During Berlin Award Ceremony
"Snowden" director Oliver Stone received the Award for Justice at the Cinema for Peace Awards in Berlin, Germany Monday, but not without offering a devastating assessment of his home country—both its president and the opposition party.
"America has taken a strange course since World War II and become more aggressive," the unabashedly leftist director told the Associated Press. "It's been promoting its cause of capitalism and ripping off the resources of the world, so this is a continuation of it. I don't think that there's a vast change; I think America's goal is to control [the resources of the world] as much as possible... and that's what's going on and what continues to go on."
Stone has remained a vocal critic of both the Democratic and Republican parties after supporting Green Party candidate Jill Stein in the 2016 presidential election.
"There’s no Peace Party in the United States. The Democrats are no longer the Democrats that I grew up with," he remarked shortly after the election. Still, he, like most Americans, said he was "shocked" by Trump's win.
"I told everyone in Europe [after Brexit], I said, You guys are paranoid. You’re inventing this scenario. It’s just not going to happen," he said.
With Trump in office, Stone fears filmmakers will be restrained in their criticism of American politics.
"I think I was able to squeak by in the 1980s with the movies I did," he recalled. "The Vietnam movie [Platoon] was enough of American interest that they watched it. It was still rejected for 10 years. For Born on the Fourth of the July, Tom Cruise helped us get it made. Those are movies that they wouldn’t do now. JFK certainly not. Nixon certainly not. These are movies critical of the country and the system."
"America is not the friend to the world that it pretends to be," Stone said in Berlin. "People are getting fed up; they're starting to see through it, I hope."