THE SERIES "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States"
WHEN | WHERE Monday night at 8 on Showtime
Oliver Stone ("JFK," "Platoon") and Peter Kuznick, professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. As Stone explains, "We live in a fog, and I would like my children to look beyond what I call the tyranny of now."
World War II. You keep waiting for a fresh insight, a new twist, a bizarre fact and after a while would even be profoundly grateful for some wacky Stone revisionism. It never comes. What's "untold" here? Pretty much nothing. (Caveat emptor: There are nine other hours; I sampled but one.) By far the most interesting part of "Untold" is the visual presentation. Stone has cobbled together a mother lode of chestnuts, including grainy newsreel footage and Soviet propaganda films. It's all weirdly engrossing.
BOTTOM LINE Leaden.