New York Film Festival to Offer First Look at Oliver Stone's Doc About U.S. History

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For much of the past four years, Oliver Stone has been working on a 10-part documentary series for Showtime, The Untold History of the United States. The series' focus is on America's foreign policy. It also re-evaluates American heroes such as President Eisenhower.

The festival's Masterworks screenings will include Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride."

The New York Film Festival will screen the first three chapters of Oliver Stone's 10-part documentary project, The Untold History of the United States, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which presents the festival, announced Monday. The episodes to be presented from the mini-series, which will air on Showtime in 2012, focus on events leading up to World War II, the war itself and former U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace.

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The festival, which runs from Sept. 28-Oct. 14, also will present special Masterworks anniversary screenings of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia and Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride.

“The addition of the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center allows the festival to expand on areas of programming already part of the NYFF--such as the inclusion of restored or re-discovered Masterworks in the Festival line-up--as well as to focus attention of topics such as "movies about movies" in the section Cinema Reflected or film's encounter with other artistic media in On the Arts,” Richard Peña, selection committee chair and program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said.

NYFF will debut two new sidebar sections as part of the film festival’s special events programming. Cinema Reflected will feature documentary and non-fiction films, while On the Arts will present films that shine a light on the arts such as opera, theater, and even magic.
Flms in the Cinema Reflected section include: Tom Donahue’s Casting By, a look at the history and influence of casting directors in film; Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s Culluloid Man, which profiles P.K. Nair, the founder and patron saint of the National Film Archive of India; György Pàlfi’s Final Cut -- Ladies and Gentlemen,  which utilizes scenes from more than 450 international films and assemblies them into an epic tale; Dheeraj Akolkar’s Liv and Ingmar, focusing on the relationship between film legends, Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman.
Marina Zenovich’s Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out continues her exploration into the title subject following her 2008 film, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired; Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, exploring a handful of theories as to the real story behind the scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining; and Francesco Patierno’s The War of the Volcanoes, telling the story of rival film productions that took place on Stromboli – one directed by Roberto Rosselini and starring his new lover, Ingrid Bergman, and the second starring his spurned former lover, Anna Magnani.
The On the Arts section includes Philippe Béziat’s Becoming Travata, which follows the staging of Verdi’s masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France; the world premiere of Molly Bernstein’s and Alan Edelstein’s Deceptive Practice: The Mystries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, about the magician/actor and the illusionists that influenced him; Bertrand Bonello’s Ingrid Caven: Music and Voice, about the extraordinary musical cabaret singer and performer; Keith Jones’ and Deon MaasPunk in Africa, which chronicles the development of the Punk Rock scene in South Africa and how it became a second front in the battle against the apartheid state; and Jeff Kaufman’s The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America, which profiles the jazz legend.