Plus intermission. With Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie. Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson. Oliver Stone’s film about Alexander, king of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in history, was one of his most ambitious films. A few years after its initial release, he revisited the film and created a dramatically richer and more intense version, nearly 40 minutes longer. “Over the last few years I have been able to sort out some of the unanswered questions about this highly complicated and passionate monarch, questions I had failed to answer dramatically enough,” said Stone. “This film represents my complete and last version.” Indeed, it takes a bolder, more in-depth look at Alexander’s life, intensifying both the beauty and brutality of his world. This will be the first theatrical screening in New York of Alexander: Revisited. Oliver Stone will introduce the screening, which will be followed by a conversation with Salon film critic and Moving Image Source contributor Matt Zoller Seitz.
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A NOTE FROM OLIVER STONE:
Why a third version of Alexander? The best answer I can manage is, I couldn’t get it out of my system. It’s a film that’s been haunting me since the theatrical version first appeared in November 2004 in the U.S., followed by a Director’s Cut on DVD in July 2005.
But neither version was complete. It wasn’t an issue of right or wrong, or good or bad, but, like an experiment, one of trial and error. I believe this version now (3 1/2 hours) is my clearest interpretation of Alexander’s life.
For those who didn’t appreciated the original, rest assured this is my last pass, as there is no more footage to be found. And for those of you who did like it, please share with me my passion for Alexander, every sublime and awkward pixel of it.
And I still believe — “Fortune favors the bold.”