Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
USA, 2013, 89 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Italy
Topics: Documentary, Gay/Lesbian, Political
Program: True Stories
Language: English

When Gore Vidal died in 2012, America lost a great one. Last of the great public intellectuals? Check. Last of the great political essayists? Check. Last of the great ascerbic wits? Check. Last of the great post-WWII novelists? Half-check. Bottom line: that’s a lot of checks. Nicholas Wrathall’s densely layered and highly entertaining documentary paints a complete portrait of this great American man of letters.

Gore’s grandfather was a U.S. Senator and his friends were John and Jackie Kennedy. On television, in the ’60s and ’70s, he battled wits with William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer. He ran for political office. He acted in movies. But Gore was primarily a writer. His breakthrough novels included The City and the Pillar (among the first explicitly gay novels in American fiction), the satirical Myra Breckinridge, and the historical works Burr and Lincoln, along with countless essays, autobiographies, screenplays and plays.

So, let’s end with a quotation from the man himself: "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn." Did Gore have style? Double check.

DIRECTOR: Nicholas Wrathall
Producer: Theodore James, Nicholas Wrathall, Burr Steers
Editor: Suresh Ayyar, Robert Bralver, William Haugse
Screenwriter: Nicholas Wrathall
Cinematographer: Derek Wiesehahn, Joel Schartzberg, Armando De’Ath
Music: Ian Honeyman
Principal Cast: Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Tim Robbins, Jay Parini, Nina Straight, David Mamet
Filmography: Debut Feature

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