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. Gore Vidal’s professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. His return to America in 2005 marked the last great stage in his creative career and this film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the twenty-first century. 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. Director Wrathall drops by for a conversation on his intimate documentary on one of America’s greatest citizens.
CRITICS PICK: Immensely enjoyable…invigorating. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
FLAWLESS – Wilbert L. Cooper, Vice Magazine
A moving and lively look at one of the great intellectuals of his day. – Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
Highly entertaining…a fine memorial to one of 20th-century America’s most brilliant, original — and cranky — thinkers’ – Variety