The Oliver Stone Files featuring The Hand (w/ Oliver Stone and Matt Zoller Seitz)

Co-presented by Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Stone will be signing copies of Matt Zoller Seitz’s new book, The Oliver Stone Experience, which will be available for purchase during the event. Signing available only with book purchase.

Over the course of five years, New York Magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz and Stone himself dissected the divisive auteur’s life and career with incomparable candor, leading to the recently published, collaborative compendium, The Oliver Stone Experience. The two join us for a conversation and a screening of The Hand!

Michael Caine plays worldly cartoon-strip artist Jonathan Lansdale at the peak of his career in this delightfully indulgent slice of soupy horror from Oliver Stone. Jonathan and his wife are having marital troubles, which culminate in a fight during a road trip that results in Jonathan losing his HAND! Clearly interested in genre, (see The Island and Dressed to Kill) Michael Caine was allegedly taking roles in horror films to pay for some garage he was building–although you wouldn’t guess this was a film for hire based upon this unhinged, completely manic performance. Mislabeled by many as Oliver Stone’s first film (Seizure and Last Year in Vietnam came before), The Hand shows a different side of Stone in the context of genre cinema, with special appendage-related effects by Stan Winston!) and goofy yet biting melodrama.

Dir. Oliver Stone, 1981, 35mm, 104 min.