Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

(USA, 2013, 83 mins, DCP)
CAST Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Tim Robbins, Robert Scheer
Classification: 19+


Jul 28 06:30 pm
Jul 30 06:30 pm
Jul 31 08:30 pm

Eternally opinionated, brilliantly funny and terminally political, Gore Vidal—novelist, essayist, polemicist, politician, pundit, screenwriter—was the true protean man. Born in 1925 into privilege, Vidal—openly homosexual from at least 1948, when his novel The City and the Pillar was published—fashioned a unique professional life that lasted more than 50 years. Using fascinating and apt archival footage from Vidal’s legendary on-air career and illuminating and entertaining interviews—including an exclusive with Vidal as he neared the end of his life, as well as one with the late Christopher Hitchens—Nicholas Wrathall’s intimate and occasionally rollicking portrait of an American icon also examines Vidal’s global impact on the worlds of arts, politics and everything in between.

"Immensely enjoyable… invigorating."Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

"Nicholas Wrathall’s treasure-trove documentary does a terrific job of summing up the late political writer’s life and work."Time Out New York