Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

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 “I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.” — Gore Vidal 

Year: 2013
Country: USA
Running time: 89 mins

Screenplay: Nicholas Wrathall
Producers: Nicholas Wrathall, Theodore James, Burr Steers
Photography: Derek Wiesenhahn, Joel Schwartzberg, Armando De’Ath
Editors: Suresh Ayyar, William Haugse, Rob Bralver, Derek Boonstra
Sound: Gary Coppola
Music: Ian Honeyman, Julian Scherle
HDCAM 

With: Gore Vidal, Burr Steers, Christopher Hitchens, Jodie Evans, Tim Robbins, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sting, David Mamet, Bob Scheer, William F. Buckley, Jay Parini

“Nicholas Wrathall’s film… does exactly what it should: It makes you miss Gore Vidal. To paraphrase one of the doc’s many learned witnesses, he spent his life being a thorn in the side of the very establishment to which he was born. The grandson of a US senator, a relative by marriage to Jackie Kennedy, a distant cousin of Al Gore and a confidant of everyone from Paul Newman to Tennessee Williams to Christopher Hitchens, Vidal virtually invented the modern historical novel, was an essayist, playwright, TV personality and perhaps the most cynical commentator ever on the congenital deformity of American politics. Wrathall covers all the predictable moments, and skirmishes – Vidal’s notorious TV duels with William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer, for example. But for all the history Wrathall revisits, he also gets beyond Vidal the caustic raconteur, droll critic and Olympian cynic and provides an intimate portrait of a man who may have been the last of his breed, the celebrity intellectual.” — John Anderson, Indiewire

Festivals: Tribeca 2013