Monday, August 01, 2005
Revised For Mass Consumption
So, Oliver Stone's re-edited "directors cut' version of Alexander hits DVD stands tomorrow. It saddens me that due to the negative response the film received in theaters, Stone has removed all the gay subtext from the film. I'm shocked that the man behind films like JFK and Natural Born Killers, would allow anyone else's opinion matter.
Alexander's bi-sexuality is historical, and what is interesting is the fact that Stone did not gloss over this in the film to begin with, no matter how subtle the reference was to begin with. Stone is quoted as saying "They didn't even read the reviews in the South because the media was using the words: 'Alex is Gay'. As a result you can bet that they thought, 'We're not going to see a film about a military leader that has got something wrong with him.'"
So we have to live with a revised film, edited for the masses. I expect more from you Mr. Stone.