Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. In this film Gore Vidal's acerbic, opinionated and informed approach rips away at the facade of the new America.

Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the United Nations Association Film Festival 2013, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia is a 2013 documentary film about the life and career of author Gore Vidal. It premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013.

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 brilliant and fearless critics of our time.

‘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.”’ Boston Globe

‘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.’ San Fransisco Chronicle

‘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.’ San Diego Reader

Awards:

Aspen Filmfest 2013, Audience Special Recognition - Documentary

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014, winner of best documentary feature

Traverse City Film Festival 2013, winner of the founders prize - special award

United Nations Association Film Festival 2013, winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary

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