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TELEVISION

TV Diary: Focusing on Oliver Stone

Monday, December 3, 2012 - 12:01 am

The master of historical interpretation is at it again.

“Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States” is on at 8 p.m. today on Showtime. The special focuses on “The Cold War: Truman, Wallace, Stalin, Churchill & the Bomb,” as viewers will witness Winston Churchill making his Iron Curtain speech and the birth of McCarthyism.

The filmmaker is well known for his historical interpretations “J.F.K.,” “Nixon,” “Salvador” and “W.”

For this special, Stone teamed with Peter Kuznick, a history professor at American University.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Stone also acknowledged multiple fact checks, sourcing and footnotes are listed in the making of this special.

Here are a few questions about Stone:

1. He received the Best Director Academy Award for which two films?

2. Stone served in Vietnam and received these military decorations.

3. This 2004 film was considered a critical failure.

4. One of Stone's trademarks is to open films with what?

5. Name Stone's first film.

6. Name Stone's first film to receive a PG-13 rating.

Answers: 1. “Born on the Fourth of July” (1990) and “Platoon” (1987). 2. Bronze Star for Gallantry and a Purple Heart. 3. “Alexander.” 4. A quotation in white text against a black background. 5. “Last Year in Viet Nam” (1971) was an 11-minute student film he made. 6. “World Trade Center” (2006).