Comparing Scenes from Oliver Stone's Snowden and Citizenfour

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What insight can we gain by viewing documentary footage alongside dramatizations of those events? In this video I compare a few scenes in Oliver Stone's 2016 movie "Snowden" to scenes from the 2014 documentary "Citizenfour."

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There are things in reality that simply are embellished in cinema for a variety of reasons. Critical eye is key.

1 month ago

We’ve got nothing to fear — but fear itself?

Not pain or failure, not fatal tragedy?

Not the faulty units in this mad machinery?

Not the broken contacts in emotional chemistry?

With an iron fist in a velvet glove

We are sheltered under the gun

In the glory game on the power train

Thy kingdom’s will be done

And the things that we fear

Are a weapon to be held against us…

He’s not afraid of your judgement

He knows of horrors worse than your Hell

He’s a little bit afraid of dying —

But he’s a lot more afraid of your lying

And the things that he fears

Are a weapon to be held against him…

Can any part of life — be larger than life?

Even love must be limited by time

And those who push us down that they might climb —

Is any killer worth more than his crime?

Like a steely blade in a silken sheath

We don’t see what they’re made of

They shout about love, but when push comes to shove

They live for the things they’re afraid of

And the knowledge that they fear

Is a weapon to be used against them…

2 months ago


3 months ago

Well he looks Russian so maybe he feels at home.. 😍
Also russia has a lot of snow hahahahaha 😔😥

3 months ago

How does, or did, Snowden's youth and physical attractiveness effect his viability as as profitable film subject commodity?

4 months ago

If he would have looked old and fat no one would have cared about the information he leaked and the subject alone is not worth making a film of? What?
The fact that this is even a question reflects our state of HyperNormalisation where we choose to blend fake realitys and superficialities over real information and substance. It seems like all important subjects are getting more and more washed up, mixed and a product of consumption until every meaning fades away.

3 months ago

6:15 that happens

6 months ago

The movie was interesting. I just knew about documentary, I definitely will be watching the documentary.

9 months ago

I was so disappointed in the movie by Stone

9 months ago

Oliver "totally not an ideological hack" Stone

10 months ago

He looks like scump from optic...

10 months ago

"My meal was great thank you very much" what a guy

11 months ago

Citizenfour is amazing because it was made AS IT WAS HAPPENING rather than investigating something that happened some time before. And it's edited incredibly, it felt just like a film at times.

11 months ago

Why couldn't he have this tact when he made JFK?

11 months ago

i think it's pronounced POY-TRUSS. sorry to be that guy. GOD, I'M A DICK

1 year ago

Snowden is really hot. Just saying. Full of courage, not selfish and so brave. God bless him.

1 year ago

The Big Short has an interesting way of addressing its inherent fiction; rather than claiming to be a definitive authority, The Big Short admits that it isn’t a perfect representation of the truth, as a way of inviting closer scrutiny as to what the truth even is in the first place.

1 year ago

I watched both and enjoyed both.

1 year ago

The only movie about a whistle blower where the actor looks like less of a chad than the actual whistle blower.

1 year ago


1 year ago

both are good I think, Citizenfour is more realistic obviously.

1 year ago