Oliver Stone Speaks at SLIFF on the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination
“Back, and to the left… back, and to the left… back, and to the left”
It was the hottest ticket in town on the 50th anniversary of one the most tragic events of the 20th century! Director Oliver Stone, who made the historically dubious, but entertaining as hell JFK in 1991 spent the 50th anniversary of the JFK Assassination here in St. Louis as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. The event was last night at The Tivoli. The sold-out crowd was treated to a speech by Stone reflecting on the historic date. This was followed by a clip reel highlighting his 40-year Hollywood career (but not a single clip from SEIZURE!) and a 15-minute segment from his Showtime documentary series ‘The Untold History of the United States‘. After receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinema St. Louis, Stone took to the stage for an interview moderated by St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic (and fellow JFK conspiracist) Joe Williams. The 40-minute long interview captured a range of subjects, but mostly the topic of JFK’s assassination and its legacy on world history. After that, Stone raced out the side door. No autographs or questions from the audience (my THE HAND poster remains unsigned), but it was an honor to have the director here on a date that was obviously so meaningful to him. After that, JFK was screened, and though I hadn’t seen it in twenty years, it was nothing short of riveting from the start to the finish of its 189 minutes running time. JFK holds up as the type of speculative fiction that still entertains, amuses, and makes the audience hungry for information. A memorable evening in St. Louis!
Of course, We Are Movie Geeks was on hand to snap some photos of the once-in-a-lifetime event: