Just as he did with the movie JFK, Stone is again going to misrepresent and misinform the historical ignorant with his new Showtime mini-series, Secret History.
In JFK, Stone took theory and conjecture and presented it as fact to millions of young Americans who knew virtually nothing about the assassination and the players involved. In Secret History, I’m afraid he’ll do the same thing with WWI and WWII. His stated plan is to put Stalin and Hitler “in context.” I guess that would be a “context” that none of us ever knew. And his hope is that this series will be used as part of school curriculum.
Pardon me, but who made Stone, nothing more than a filmmaker, a great world historian? Is he trumping William Manchester (The Glory and The Dream) or David McCullough (1776)?
I’m interested in knowing the “context” that he plans to put Stalin and Hitler in. Two of the greatest mass murderers in the history of the world – what is it that we don’t know? What is it that he can tell us that genuine and great historians have not? Can you imagine the left slant this series will have?
“Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history,” Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena.
“Stalin has a complete other story,” Stone said. “Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any single person. We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.’ Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect … People in America don’t know the connection between WWI and WWII … I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them.”
You can’t judge people like Hitler, Stalin or Mao as good or bad? You’ve got to be kidding me! Hitler is a “product of a series of actions”? Does this mean that because he had a reportedly abusive father, we should be empathetic to his mass murderous ways? His father beat him and he turned into this crazed anti-Semite who put live people in ovens… okie, dokie. I feel so much better now that Stone has made me more empathetic about Hitler’s motivations.
One last question: How can anyone possibly say they have “been able to walk in Stalin or Hitler’s shoes”? This statement is the absolute zenith of arrogance… or stupidity.