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Untitled Hugo Chavez documentary (Stone, 2010?)

Old 12-11-08, 04:56 PM
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Untitled Hugo Chavez documentary (Stone, 2010?)

From Variety:
It looks like Oliver Stone enjoys being in the company of presidents. The helmer is following up his Bush biopic "W." with a documentary about Venezuela's controversial President Hugo Chavez.

Stone has been working on the untitled doc for six months and is hoping to have it ready for next year.

"It's about Chavez and the South American revolution," Stone told Daily Variety in a reference to the wave of leftist pols elected to office in Latin America in recent years.

Stone was with Chavez in February when the president helped broker the release of hostages held by the militant FARC group in neighboring Colombia. That release was followed in July by the dramatic rescue by Colombian troops of Ingrid Betancourt and other FARC hostages.

The doc will not focus on the hostage issue but on the opposition Chavez has faced at home and abroad, especially from the Bush administration, which has been vocal in its distaste for the populist socialism espoused by Venezuela's president.
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Old 12-11-08, 06:01 PM
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A good doc about Chavez is Chavez: Inside the Coup (a.k.a. The Revolution Will not be Televised), which is, or was, out on DVD.
Also, there was an interesting doc about him on "Frontline" a few weeks ago.
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So, what position is Stone taking? I can't imagine he would support Chavez.
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Old 12-12-08, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt View Post
So, what position is Stone taking? I can't imagine he would support Chavez.
Don't be silly. HBO made him redo his doc on Castro because it was too adoring for their taste. Chavez hasn't done half the horrible things that Castro has done, so I figure Stone has a pretty high opinion of him.

Lots of Hollywood types have been making pilgrimages to visit with Mr. Mucho Macho, including Kevin Spacey, Danny Glover et al..

It's sad to watch people who should be fighting for the freedom of expression, championing the oppression of so many who aren't blessed with the freedom and resources they have.
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