No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and terrifically entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. Essayist, novelist (Myra Breckenridge, Burr, Lincoln), screenwriter (The Left-Handed Gun, co-writer on Ben-Hur), playwright (The Best Man) and overall iconoclast and provocateur, Vidal was one of a kind. He was a friend of the Kennnedys and of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward; he ran against Jerry Brown for state senator. He had many famous TV confrontations (which he always seemed to win), with William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer among others. Commentary by those who knew him best—including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens—blends with footage from Vidal’s legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time. Official Web Site

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Director Nicholas Wrathall captures Gore Vidal at his provocative best


Nicholas Wrathall


Jay Parini, Gore Vidal

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