Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia
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Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia
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 wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Filmmaker Nicholas D. Wrathall] couldn't have asked for a more striking scene than the one in which the writer shows him the grave he plans to occupy (beside his longtime companion, Howard Austen, who died in 2003)."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"We watch before our eyes as Vidal goes from an impossibly handsome young man to a broken-down old one, and age does nothing for his mood."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...a smart and entertaining movie that can fairly be described as fun."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's not a filling cinematic meal, but juicy morsels of candor and a chance to acquire a deeper appreciation for Vidal's epic ego are worth the price of admission."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"The Gadfly Speaks"
‑ Jean Lowerison, ReviewExpress.com
"Vidal was our last great Roman senator, mourning the republic as he gazed at a corrupt empire. "Whenever I want to know what the United States is up to," he said, "I look into my own black heart.""
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Remarkably enjoyable, even joyous, the film chronicles Vidal's life from his privileged beginnings, his years at some of the country's most elite prep schools, and his shocking decision to join the Army instead of attend college."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"He was the ultimate insider who shaped himself into the epitome of the pesky outsider."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Vidal proves a great one for carving up sacred cows - the Founders, Lincoln, Kennedy, The New York Times, and on occasion, the most holy bovine of the self."
‑ Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader
"A hugely entertaining biography of one of the great observers of the American century whose witty, bitter obstinance is essential in highlighting how far the U.S. has gone off the rails since WWII."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Asked at the film's conclusion what he expects his legacy will be, he replies, "I couldn't care less," ornery to the last. Viewers who encounter him for the first time through this film will no doubt share the sentiment."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It is especially odd, given the movie's subtitle, that "Gore Vidal" takes so long to get around to explaining the roots of Vidal's famous cynicism about this country's politics."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall takes viewers on a brisk, amusing promenade through Vidal's enviable life: wealthy, globe-hopping, pals of the talented and famous."
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"A compact but cautiously reverential film portrait of the late, brutally eloquent social commentator. While delving into whatever happened to the phenomenon of the literary celebrity, of which Vidal counted himself the last of that breed - and why."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The unbalanced appraisal of Vidal's life and work in Nicholas Wrathall's documentary diminishes the effect of the writer's engaging dissension of American political policy."
‑ Wes Greene, Slant Magazine
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