Recently, a 10-hour the documentary The Untold Story of America was broadcast on Showtime.
It is easy to disagree with a perspective and suggest another. It is more effective to show how something fails on its own terms. Stone states up front that his frustration with the history being handed down led him to tell the "untold story". But that is what he fails to do unless the "untold" is the misleading stories he does tell.
(Two Bnai Brithers signal recognition, thumb on knuckle)
UNTOLD OR OLD HAT?
One reviewer called the title "misleading" in that nothing was "untold" previously.
That might just sum up the documentary in one sentence. Don't watch in anticipation that sooner or later something new will be revealed. It never happens.
Furthermore, he is following in a well worn footpath. The 24 part 1996 "Cold War" documentary (master minded by globalist Ted Turner) covers virtually the same events and uses much of the same camera footage. It is as if Stone took out the parts of Cold War on the Soviet Union, left out the eye witness interviews and added his own comments. Cold War is the better balanced and more revealing effort.
So why bother reviewing "The Untold Story"? Well, while we don't learn about American history, we learn about Oliver Stone. Certainly he has done many good and thought provoking movies. As a screen writer and director, he has been able to suggest and allude without laying his cards on the table. Documentaries are generally not as conducive to artistic license, so, assuming he is being honest, here we see deeper into his thoughts.
TELL ONLY PART OF THE STORY
(FDR's VP, Henry Wallace makes Obama look like Sen. Joe McCarthy)
One could give Stone a pass if he kept to a good accounting of the last 70 years. At times, he does that effectively but then he moves to a new topic and proceeds to grossly mislead the viewer by telling only part of a story. A primary example of this is Henry Wallace.
Wallace was Vice President from 1940-44. Wallace is portrayed as a great forgotten hero, an honest populist, peace activist and an advocate for equal rights and working people. If accepted as VP for the 1944 elections, he would have been President when Roosevelt died and in Stone's view would have created a better post-war world. Stone builds the case that he was railroaded out by corporate dominated forces within the Democratic Party.
Some of what Stone leaves out: Wallace was a high level Freemason (as were Roosevelt and Truman), a member of the Theosophic Society and deeply into mysticism and the occult. He was heavily influenced by Russian mystic Nicholas Roerich and wrote letters to him with "Dear guru" and ending with "G" for Galahad (a nickname Roerich gave to Wallace). It was Wallace, as secretary of agriculture in 1935, who encouraged Roosevelt to modify the US one dollar bill to include the great seal with its pyramid topped by an eye.
Wallace was also very friendly to the Soviets. While on a tour of Siberia in mid 1944, after visiting a visually sanitized gulag (barb wire, machine guns, etc, removed), described its administrating body as a "combination TVA [Tennessee Valley Authority] and Hudson's Bay Company". Was this gullibility or something else?
In the 1948 election, Wallace's campaign was openly supported by the Communist Party and his Progressive Party was staffed with many communists. Given that and the publication of his "Dear guru" letters, it is small wonder that he was rejected by voters in that election.
But Stone is determined to sell him to the naïve viewer as an anti- corruption, anti-corporate hero right out of a Frank Capra film (he uses those images liberally).
This brings us to Joseph Stalin. Stone repeatedly whitewashes the reality of Stalin's atrocities and designs, to railroad the viewer into believing that conservative elements in the US were entirely responsible for the Cold War.
(left, Uncle Joe)
He outright lies when he says the "Ukrainian resistance" was started by the Nazis in 1941. (it is well documented that the UPA fought both the Nazis and the Soviets and suffered at their hands)
This might be the worst part of the Untold Story. What excuse could there be for sugar coating one of history's worst demagogues and mass murderers? Ironically perhaps, Ted Turner's Cold War is far more real in this area.
There are many other examples of Stone omitting to tell the whole story:
the Death of James Forrestal
the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations,
the Fall of the Shah of Iran,
the Invasion of Panama,
the Bombing of Serbia,
the 2011 attack on Libya,
the 911 attacks, etc.
Related- Sample of the "Untold Story" Stone Didn't Tell