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 brilliant and fearless critics of our time.
Gore Vidal’s professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. Featuring candid vérité footage of Vidal in his final years, the film explores his enduring global impact on art, politics, and everything in between. His overview of the current state of the Republic and the health of US democracy is unique and incisive.
This is Gore Vidal’s last word and testimony.
Wholly satisfying...a lovingly packaged greatest hits from a legendary rebel of letters.
- Los Angeles Times
An unabashed love letter to its subject that captures how and why Vidal became one of the dominant public intellectuals of the 20th century.
Gore was ‘an engagingly brilliant and funny provocateur…
- The Hollywood Reporter
‘Nicholas Wrathall’s treasure-trove documentary does a terrific job of summing up the late political writer’s life and work.’
- Time Out NY
Entertaining....a thorough, skillfully assembled chronology.
- The New York Times
'Highly entertaining...a fine memorial to one of 20th-century America’s most brilliant, original — and cranky — thinkers'
‘A terrific documentary…writer/director Nicholas Wrathall does a heroic job of packing Vidal’s eventful life into the film’s 89 minutes.’
- Bloomberg News
‘The cinematography is exquisite….everything is gloriously vivid, and the archival footage blends seamlessly into the meat of the film.’
- Village Voice
'An incredibly entertaining and educational love letter to one of the most fearless critics in recent American history.’
‘For sheer entertainment value, few docs can equal Gore Vidal the United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, a portrait of the novelist, playwright, polemicist, public intellectual.’
- Huffington Post
Aspen Film fest
Audience Special Recognition - Documentary (shared)
Traverse City Film Festival
Audience Award Runner Up - Best Documentary Film
Out on Film Atlanta
Audience award, runner-up
Melbourne International Film Festival 2014
Audience top pick #3
16th United Nations Association Film Festival
UNAFF Grand Jury Award For Best Documentary
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Byron Bay Film Festival 2014
Screenzone International Documentary Prize