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Stone: Films must make West 'fall in love with Chinese faces'

FAMED American director Oliver Stone said that in order to capture Western audiences, Chinese directors and producers need to make movies that make them fall in love with China.

Stone, the multiple Academy Award winner, spoke with Shanghai Daily in an exclusive interview yesterday.

"Now you make Chinese movies like popcorn Western ones. They make money, but there is no soul or heart," he said.

"You can't sell a Chinese movie to broad Western audiences until the West can accept a true love affair between the Oriental and the West. You have to let Western audience fall in love with Chinese faces."

Stone also said he is writing a movie where East meets West, and possibly a love affair.

Last night, Stone's ultimate cut of "Alexander" (2004) was premiered at the Shanghai Film Festival, which runs through Sunday.

It is among seven of his movies being shown at the festival.

"I was not happy about the release in 2004," Stone said.

"It was the biggest and most expensive movie I made and many people attacked me. But I wanted to get it right. It took me longer than I expected to discover who Alexander the Great really was," he said.

His ultimate cut is three hours and 20 minutes, much closer to his script of three and half hours, while the studio wanted the release to be two hours and 40 minutes in 2004. The ultimate cut will be released in the United States next year.


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