Oliver Stone Promises New Series Will Put Stalin “In Context”
January 10, 2010
U.S. (ChattahBox) – Oliver Stone is quickly becoming well known for his controversial projects, such as his movie ‘W’. But his new series for Showtime may push the boundaries further.
His ‘Secret History’ mini-series will focus on the last 60 years in American history, and some of the lesser known facts about people and events from an unbiased view.
“Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history,” Stone said in a statement to reporters.
“Stalin has a complete other story. Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any single person. We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.’
“Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its 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 WWI and WWII … 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.
“You cannot approach history unless you have empathy for the person you may hate. I don’t want to put out conventional History Channel product where it’s easy to like it.”
The project is not meant to put a positive spin on these historical villains, but to create more understanding about where they came from, how they were formed into the leaders they became, and general effects of events on modern history.
He hopes that one day they may be used as educational tools for students, as they show a deeper side of commonly misunderstood history.