August 7, 2006, - 11:46 am

Caution: Oliver Stone Says He May Make 9/11 Conspiracy Film

By Debbie Schlussel
Last year, when it was announced that Director Oliver Stone was making a 9/11 movie, I was among the first to cringe in writing.
Now, Stone’s 9/11 film, “World Trade Center,” out Wednesday, is getting rave reviews from a lot of conservatives. ****UPDATE, 08/08/06: My review of this horrid movie posted here.**** They like it because–contrary to expectations–Stone reportedly stuck to the 9/11 story and didn’t do one of his conspiracy theory dog and pony fiction shows, a la “JFK.”
And, I’m being criticized by left-wing sites for daring to worry–last year–that Stone would make one of his loony non-”documentary” versions of “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

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Arafat Bud Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center”

But I think those who praise Stone for this pic should hold off praising him. Stone has now let on that he may do a 9/11 conspiracy film, too. And he will use goodwill from this project to lend legitimacy to that one. That should disturb everyone. Ditto for the fact that, while his movie doesn’t make political statements, he is using it to attack Bush in press interviews.
Stone told Detroit Free Press Film Critic Terry Lawson,

“There’s a lot of movies to be made about 9/11, and this is just the one I wanted to make at this time. Maybe later, I’ll make another one, from a different perspective. . . .
There are lots of movies that could be made about the politics of 9/11. Someday, someone will make the 9/11 ‘Battle of Algiers,’ you can bet.” (The classic “The Battle of Algiers” was told primarily from the perspective of the Algerians in their revolt against the colonial French.)

In other words, someday someone will make a 9/11 movie from Mohammed Atta’s and Osama Bin Laden’s perspective. And don’t be surprised, since he’s already hinting at it, if that “someone” is Oliver Stone, himself. Call it, “Love Letter to Fidel: Nixon’s Platoon of Natural Born JFK 9/11 Killers Born on the 4th of July.”
And, don’t forget, Stone remains a huge fan of HAMAS and the late Yasser Arafat, the Islamic soul-mates of 9/11′s hijackers. He visited HAMAS Ramallah Chief Hassan Yussef. According to Al-Ahram, in March 2002, just after the Passover Massacre, Stone visited Arafat at his Ramallah compound with Portugal’s Nobel Prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago and French anarchist Jose Bove.
During the meeting Saramago called the situation in Ramallah “a crime comparable to Auschwitz.” When asked where were the gas chambers, he answered, “not yet.” According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Variety columnist Army Archerd later asked Stone about incitement in the Palestinian schools and the glorification of suicide bombings, Stone ignored the question and instead said of Arab-Israeli tension that, “The memories are long as are the grudges and feuds.” Whatever.
Stone also told the Free Press’ Lawson that he urged actress Maggie Gyllenhaal to stay in the movie–playing the wife of one of 9/11′s heroic cops–despite the fact that she said the US bore responsibility for 9/11. Will Jimeno–the surviving real-life cop whose wife she plays–and his wife might have been too starstruck to object to Gyllenhaal, but her comments are a slap in their face. And the faces of those many cops and firefighters who died on 9/11. Period.
That Stone chose to keep her on is a double slap. Just wait for the triple slap in the form of an Academy Award nomination (can’t wait for her Michael Moore-esque acceptance speech).
In Friday’s USA Today, Stone told reporter Anthony Breznican:

“In these articles, you know where they’re going the moment they use ‘conspiracy theorist.’ It’s some kind of derogatory term,” he says. “Some conspiracy theorists are completely insane. But it’s not wrong to question the official story. Never. That’s been the story of my life and in all my films.” . . .
“Bush makes Nixon look like St. Augustine,” he says of the saint known for his zeal in confessing wrongs. “At least Nixon had some intelligence and a conscience …. Bush is The Manchurian Candidate,” a reference to the 1962 movie about a presidential contender manipulated by immoral handlers.

Even 9/11 conspiracy theorist organizer David Slesinger won’t dare criticize Stone (while he criticizes everyone else who doesn’t buy into his bizarre theories):

But Slesinger says he isn’t upset that Stone doesn’t ask those questions. “It’s not for a propagandist like myself to question an artist like Oliver Stone.”

In USA Today, Stone continues the hints he made to the Detroit Free Press about a conspiracy theory film in the works:

Would he have preferred to make a film that explores the political implications of 9/11 instead of a strict rescue docudrama?
“If I could go back, would I change it? Good question.”

So while “World Trade Center” may play the facts of 9/11 straight, don’t mistake one movie for Oliver Stone’s final word on 9/11 and Islamic terrorism.
That may be yet to come. And, given his track record, it may not be so nice . . . or factual.

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Ack! Polls reveal a third of Americans subscribe to conspiracy theories. I used to laugh when I first saw the film “Conspiracy Theory” a decade ago. No longer. Today, some people will believe just about anything, even if it has no basis in fact. This may turn out to be a case of art imitating life for once rather than the other way around.

NormanF on August 7, 2006 at 12:41 pm

I don’t know why people are saying this movie is “factually accurate.” As a NY’er who saw the movie, the timing is all off, the feel of the city is all off, the feel of that day is all off. NY’ers don’t want to see this movie any more than we want to see people from anywhere else in this country try to act like they know what it was like and make a movie that is a ‘factually accurate portrayal’ instead of letting us heal.

Minga on August 7, 2006 at 2:06 pm

With Bush on his way out,some of these Moore/Stone
bullshit artists are gonna have a tougher sell with their shtik. The first filmmaker who does anything about Clinton during the ‘Hotel Rwanda’ disaster-which may have set a world record for mass murder for a short period of time-could permanently put Stone,Moore & Co.poimanently outa fuggin bidness.
And as far as Stone’s comments about Nixon vs. Bush’s “conscience” is concerned,Clinton apologized for doin’…Monica-after the fact.

jaywilton on August 7, 2006 at 2:44 pm

Oliver Stone has the right to make a movie from any perspective he wants. If you don’t like it-don’t go to the theatre. Isn’t that the way things are supposed to work>

leantotheleft on August 7, 2006 at 5:49 pm

I might go see his film. Let’s see if he dares to show Arafat as a homosexual, murderous, lying thug who stole millions, incited his people to kill themselves, while his family shopped in Paris.
Hey, pigs could fly. We are talking about Hollywood here.

MarkD on August 7, 2006 at 8:41 pm

A Republican congressman (Curt Weldon, PA 7th) has publicly praised an anti-Bush video. And not just any anti-Bush video, but the one by BYU physics professor Steven E. Jones which accuses the Bush administration of deliberately allowing 9/11 to happen and placing explosives in the three tallest World Trade Center buildings to make sure that they would be totally destroyed on 9/11. Unbelievable? Just have a look here:
http://republican.meetup.com/92/boards/view/viewthread?thread=1870074
The anti-Bush video that opened Rep. Weldon’s eyes can be seen here:
http://www.911blogger.com/2006/02/dr-steven-jones-utah-seminar-video.html
A bombshell from the FBI: The Muckraker Report spoke with Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI. When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden?s Most Wanted web page, Tomb said, ?The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden?s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.?
For details, see http://www.teamliberty.net/id267.html

Mishka_Zaznaykin on August 9, 2006 at 10:12 am

This comment is for MarkD. I mostly agree with your comment except for one thing. Last time I checked Yasser Arafat before he died, was a married man his entire adult life with many children and grandchildren as well. He was known to be quite a family man. Irregardless, lumping in homosexuality with murder, terrorism, and other assorted crimes against humanity is completely ludicrous and ridiculous. A persons sexual orientation is their business and certainly not a crime. You may find homosexuality distasteful and thats your right. But many people find the hypocrisy of the straight men going around molesting and murdering under age little girls or infidelity of many straight married people a bit distasteful as well. Sorry MarkD but the days of burning gay people at the stake are long over, yet the bigotry and intolerance against gay people is alive and well. People who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. Something to think about.

new_world_disorder on August 10, 2006 at 8:55 am

meh, it’s Oliver Stone.
Much like Moore, the Dixie Chicks and the others that aren’t politicians but insist on parroting what others have told them they’ll eventually fall out of favor because of something they’ll say.
Your pal,
Meat.

meat on August 10, 2006 at 10:17 am

Why be surprised if Ollie makes a less biased movie next time. What is surprising is that he didn’t make it THIS TIME.
Lean, that’s what we said about the Dixie Chicks.
Disorder, I think that MarkD was joking…or at least trying to.

Loser on August 10, 2006 at 11:03 pm

A note re highbrow enemies of Israel:
Perhaps you caught the Saramago Auschwitz comment in the documentary, “Writers on the Borders”? Including American Russell Banks, it shows a group of the most celebrated international litterateurs (incl. 2 Nobel recipients) traveling through the West Bank, guided by Leila Shaheed (Jean Genet’s old friend), and paying homage to “Palestinian national poet”, the Soviet-educated Mahmoud Darwish and Yasser Arafat. Surprisingly, Gunther Grass wasn’t in on this.
CAMERA has more:
http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=118&x_article=990

Jeremiah on September 12, 2006 at 5:02 pm

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