Oliver Stone Channels Frank Capra For Bush Pic

Oliver Stone, the director of JFK and Nixon, is setting his sights on another president. He has begun work on a film chronicling the life and times of George W. Bush.

Bush the Movie

Variety reports that Stone is “not looking to make an anti-Bush polemic.” Too bad. Although any attempt to portray Bush honestly will look like a smackdown anyway. Stone is quoted in the article as saying…

“I have empathy for Bush as a human being, much the same as I did for Castro, Nixon, Jim Morrison, Jim Garrison and Alexander the Great […] I want a fair, true portrait of the man. How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world? It’s like Frank Capra territory on one hand, but I’ll also cover the demons in his private life […] It includes his belief that God personally chose him to be president”

It’s certainly an intriguing story: An alcoholic bum is chosen by God to lead a nation into war, financial ruin and international ill repute. It has Capra written all over it. In fact if you look at Capra’s body of work you can almost find the Bush story already therein:

Capra Clairvoyance

The above film will be shown in a dynamic double bill with this year’s most haunting horror masterpiece, Nightmare On Pennsylvania Avenue.

Nightmare on Pennsylvania Ave

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  1. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

    • Edger on January 27, 2008 at 22:35

    How many films were made about Al Capone?

    • Atticus on January 27, 2008 at 22:57

    Who is going to spend part of their entertainment budget to relive the worst part of their life?  You couldn’t pay me enough to watch it.  

    I suspect the audience will be limited to movie reviewers,  members of the media and the GWB fan club.  

    • Viet71 on January 27, 2008 at 22:58

    but would hope Stone provides insight as to why Americans elected this complete and utter dufus twice.

    Just shake my head.

    • robodd on January 27, 2008 at 23:30


  2. was a good cheer leader.  

    I have no information on that.

    But IMHO, he has failed at everything else he ever tried.

    Well no, I take that back.  Maybe he was successful as Oedipus Wrecks!!!

    • pfiore8 on January 28, 2008 at 00:32

    and yuk. not very articulate. but what else is there to say?

  3. Except for his Dad being President and all….

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