Director Oliver Stone lashes out at US

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Film director Oliver Stone launched a critical rant against America's love of money, its role in war and Barack Obama whilst at a film festival in Algeria where he was promoting his latest documentary Saturday.

Speaking mostly in French at a press conference in Algiers, Stone said he was shocked by the global financial crisis and "to see how money was venerated by America".

Its middle class "is the biggest victim" said the US director, though nothing could be done to change a system which he called "undemocratic, even after the arrival of Obama", he added.

But the 65-year-old had little sympathy for his compatriots.

"Americans are not really interested in problems abroad," he said. "They have no empathy."

The Occupy Wall Street movement would do better to move to "Washington and not New York, to have more impact", said Stone, the son of a Wall Street trader and French mother and director of the aptly named 1987 film "Wall Street" and its sequel " Wall Street: Money never sleeps" (2010).

The director was on a whirlwind 24-hour visit to the Algerian capital to promote his latest creation "The Untold Story of the US", a 10-hour long documentary due for release in May, and "Savages", a film exploring the links between young Californians and the Mexican drug cartels of the border town Tijuana.

Stone moved on to the Vietnam war, slamming "30 years of lies" surrounding Vietnam which inspired his 1986 film "Platoon".

Americans had lived with the idea that "communism is going to dominate the world" whereas it collapsed in 1989, he said.

A "Nam" veteran himself, Stone said his life "was already perverted" when he went to war, explaining that he had only discovered the reality of military-industrial power after the war.

"It's a system that is going to destroy the world," he said.

Questioned over America's support of Israel, Stone said it was a subject "that couldn't be talked about in the US.

"There is such power, money, media and lobbying are so (powerful) that the truth can't come out."

But Stone did allow one small glimmer of hope for the country.

Even though American media had become "corrupt" since Vietnam, Stone said he was "an optimist" and "convinced that (corruption) can change", he said.

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