Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia


Unafraid to voice his opinions, intellectual and liberal icon Gore Vidal delivers a deconstruction of America's current political state in this documentary memorial. Uses interviews and archive footage to display and dramatise the late writer's concerns with modern American democracy.... More

"Vidal, the blustery and the brilliant, never shied away from slinging his stinging opinions about government, his contemporaries and the American people in general, conversely eliciting cheers and jeers. Now, less than a year after his death, The United States of Amnesia brings the lionhearted man back to the screen. Anchored by intimate, one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Wrathall’s documentary is... a tribute to the iconic Vidal, diving into his years on the page, the screen and the scene. With commentary by those who knew him best, including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens, plus loads of footage from his legendary on-air career, Wrathall reminds us why Vidal will forever stand as one of the most dazzling and fearless critics of our time." (Tribeca Film Festival)Hide

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  • A fine memorial to one of 20th-century America’s most brilliant, original — and cranky — thinkers. Full Review

  • It’s not diminishing the cinematic accomplishment to suggest that filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall had an easy job. His subject was such an engagingly brilliant and funny provocateur... Full Review