A first official trailer has arrived for the doc “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia,” which premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and now has a limited stateside release set for May 23. Directed by Nicholas Wrathall, the film features candid interviews with the iconic American writer, essayist, intellectual and first-rate feuder.
Also interviewed are the likes of David Mamet, Sting, Mikhail Gorbachev, William F. Buckley, Norman Mailer, Jodie Evans and Nina Straight, as commentary blends with footage from Vidal’s legendary on-air
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, this 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 brilliant and fearless critics of
our time. This is Gore Vidal’s last word and testimony.
Vidal died in August 2012 — our TOH! obit is here.