Film and TV

Oliver Stone's The Untold History of the United States at the Merc tonight

Jason Bosch won a MasterMind for his work with ArgusFest, showing important movies for trivial prices. And tonight, ArgusFest will be screening two more segments of Oliver Stone's The Untold History of the United States.

And as Bosch notes, "You don't need to have seen the first parts to follow along, since history had no beginning and will never end."

The two episodes of the documentary, which was directed and narrated by Oliver Stone, will be shown at the Mercury Cafe at 2199 California Street starting at 7 p.m.

Tonight's installments:

Episode 5: Eisenhower, The Bomb and The Third World Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles replace Truman. Stalin dies but relations with the Soviet Union turn colder. The H-bomb and the doctrine of nuclear annihilation are explored, as are the Korean War and U.S. rearmament. McCarthyism grows and so does the ruthlessness of U.S. policy towards a Third World. Eisenhower emerges as a game changer.

Episode 6: JFK - To The Brink JFK and the Bay of Pigs; on the brink of total war during Cuban Missile Crisis; early Vietnam; JFK's attempts at peace with Khrushchev; JFK assassinated.

There's a $5 suggested donation -- but no one is turned away from an ArgusFest screening.

Find information on hundreds of other arts and entertainment events in our online events calendar.


KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun