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Chasing the Light

How I Fought My Way into Hollywood - from the 1960s to Platoon
Narrated by: Oliver Stone
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

In this powerful and evocative memoir, Oscar-winning Director and Screenwriter Oliver Stone takes us right to the heart of what it's like to make movies on the edge.

In Chasing the Light he talks about his rarefied New York childhood, volunteering for combat and his struggles and triumphs making such films as Platoon, Midnight Express and Scarface.

Before the international success of Platoon in 1986, Oliver Stone had been wounded as an infantryman in Vietnam and spent years writing unproduced scripts while taking miscellaneous jobs and driving taxis in New York, finally venturing westward to Los Angeles and a new life.

Stone, now 73, recounts those formative years with vivid details of the high and low moments: we sit at the table in meetings with Al Pacino over Stone's scripts for Scarface, Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, relive the harrowing demon of cocaine addiction following the failure of his first feature, The Hand (starring Michael Caine), experience his risky on-the-ground research of Miami drug cartels for Scarface and see his stormy relationship with The Deer Hunter Director Michael Cimino. We also learn of the breathless hustles to finance the acclaimed and divisive Salvador and witness tensions behind the scenes of his first Academy Award winning film, Midnight Express.

The culmination of the audiobook is the extraordinarily vivid recreation of filming Platoon in the depths of the Philippine jungle with Kevin Dillon, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp et al, pushing himself, the crew and the young cast almost beyond breaking point.

Written fearlessly, with intense detail and colour, Chasing the Light is a true insider's story of Hollywood's years of upheaval in the 1970s and '80s, and Stone brings this period alive as only someone at the centre of the action truly can.

©2020 Oliver Stone (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Oliver Stone's narrative, his life story about the heartbreaks, the near misses, and finally the triumphs is a Hollywood movie in itself." (Spike Lee)

"He provokes outrage. He stirs up controversy. He has no respect for safe places. Oliver Stone is larger than life. Chasing the Light says it all." (Sir Anthony Hopkins)

"Riveting." - (The New York Times)  

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What a great read - well narrated and fascinating

If you have an interest in Oliver Stone , his films or emerging political views then this autobiography will prove to be a rewarding read. Written with honesty (he doesn’t always put himself in the best light) and the kind of detail you rarely find in an autobiography about film making and working with famous stars. Loved hearing about the behind scenes shenanigans for films like Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, Platoon and others. Great to hear Oliver narrate his own work and as you would expect from a Professional writer the story that unfolds is a literary delight with a resemblance to a Hemingway story. Loved the fascinating references to the Odyssey also - a project I feel he should focus on next...but maybe after he has written part two to his amazing life story!

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