9. Oliver Stone's Nixon

The Rise and Fall of a Political Gangster

  1. Robert A. Rosenstone2 and
  2. Constantin Parvulescu3
  1. Willem Hesling

Published Online: 19 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118322673.ch9

A Companion to the Historical Film

A Companion to the Historical Film

How to Cite

Hesling, W. (2013) Oliver Stone's Nixon, in A Companion to the Historical Film (eds R. A. Rosenstone and C. Parvulescu), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118322673.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Caltech, USA

  2. 3

    West University of Timisoara, Romania

Author Information

  1. Centre for Media Culture and Technology, University of Leuven, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337242

Online ISBN: 9781118322673



  • the biopic;
  • political gangster;
  • filmmakers;
  • American collective memory;
  • fact and fiction;
  • fiction interaction;
  • Nixon's subjective past


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Nixon: A Revenge?

  • A Subtle Portrait?

  • The Interaction between Fact and Fiction

  • Nixon's Subjective Past

  • The Tragic Decline of a Political Gangster

  • The Biblical Symbolism

  • Historical and Cinematic Relevance

  • References