Oliver Stone reveals Chavez admiration

Film director Oliver Stone said on Friday the Western media does not understand Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.

Oliver Stone reveals Chavez admiration

Film director Oliver Stone said on Friday the Western media does not understand Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, but said the socialist president should consider cutting back on his hours-long television appearances.

Stone, in the Venezuelan capital Caracas for the local premiere of his documentary "South of the Border," which profiles Latin America's leftist leaders, told reporters he admired Chavez and his record since coming to power in 1999.

Stone said, he is leading a movement for "social transformation" in Latin American.

The film features informal interviews by Stone with Chavez and six allied leftist presidents, from Bolivia's Evo Morales to Cuba's Raul Castro.

"He's a soldier and he speaks from his heart," Stone said. "His vision is huge. And he will go down in history."

The Oscar-winning director hopes his documentary will help people better understand the leader.

"He behaves well. I think he's compensating those businesses that he has nationalized. ... Most peoples' lives in this country have improved under Chavez," Stone said.

Venezuela's president says he is reversing decades of exploitation in the OPEC member nation with policies for the poor including free clinics and schools.

"There is no question that the American press, the Anglo press, does not understand the way he speaks," Stone said.

"I'm not an expert on the local day-to-day issues, but I admire Hugo. I like him very much as a person. If I can say one thing, he shouldn't be on TV all the time."

Chavez is famous for his lengthy television appearances, including his weekly "Alo Presidente" show on Sundays, which can last for much of the day. He appears most evenings too.

The president said on Wednesday that a recession in Venezuela marked the death of capitalism and had nothing to do with his government's socialist revolution.


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