Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
Whether it’s trading blows with William F. Buckley, smashing homosexual taboos in mainstream literature, or casually insulting presidential intelligence, Gore Vidal is a man of opinions. Venerated by many as the last great American intellectual, this captivating documentary weaves in and out of Vidal’s numerous public and private personas. Combining archival footage from Vidal’s television appearances with interviews from the last few years of his life, GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA reveals more about Vidal’s effervescent personality than anything that’s come before. With an astonishing set of interviewees including Mikhail Gorbachev, Christopher Hitchens, and Sting, this documentary is an insightful portrait of the rabble-rouser as writer, politician, and caustic social critic. Offering thoughts on economics, foreign policy, LGBT rights, and even national security, Vidal’s contributions are more relevant today than ever before. —C.P.
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