Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies

Film Screenings Daily until Thursday 30 July

Festival of Ideas/
Fri 24 July 2015

Best of Enemies

Film Screenings Daily until Thursday 30 July

Best of Enemies
Fri 24 July 2015,

Director: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Cast: John Lithgow, Kelsey Grammer, Gore Vidal
87 mins, 2015, USA

A fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the explosive TV debates between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F Buckley Jr during the 1968 national conventions. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted with their acrimonious disagreements about politics, God, and sex. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed; and a new era in public discourse was born.

Filmmakers Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) and Grammy-Award winning Robert Gordon deftly chronicle the series of TV clashes between Vidal and Buckley that would set the bench-mark for future political reporting and ushered in the dawn of the TV political pundit. In addition to footage from the televised debates and interviews with friends and colleagues, the bitterness and animosity between the two political rivals is illustrated with readings from their memoirs and letters, with John Lithgow voicing Gore Vidal and Kesley Grammer taking on William F. Buckley Jr. A highly refreshing alternative to contemporary election debates, when pundits weren’t afraid of saying exactly what they thought.

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