Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (image 1)

I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.

Gore Vidal

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia 2013

Directed by Nicholas Wrathall

Vital portrait of the late novelist, playwright and TV personality, born a Washington DC insider and a biting critic of successive US regimes. “Captures Gore Vidal in all his ever-articulate glory.” — Hollywood Reporter

USA In English
89 minutes HDCAM

Director, Screenplay

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

With

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

Festivals

Tribeca 2013

Elsewhere

“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