Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia


Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 89 minutes

Whether it’s trading blows with William F. Buckley, smashing homosexual taboos in mainstream literature, or casually insulting presidential intelligence, Gore Vidal is a man of opinions. Venerated by many as the last great American intellectual, this captivating documentary weaves in and out of Vidal’s numerous public and private personas. Combining archival footage from Vidal’s television appearances with interviews from the last few years of his life, GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA reveals more about Vidal’s effervescent personality than anything that’s come before. With an astonishing set of interviewees including Mikhail Gorbachev, Christopher Hitchens, and Sting, this documentary is an insightful portrait of the rabble-rouser as writer, politician, and caustic social critic. Offering thoughts on economics, foreign policy, LGBT rights, and even national security, Vidal’s contributions are more relevant today than ever before. —C.P.

Nicholas Wrathall

Nicholas Wrathall, Theodore James, Burr Steers

Nicholas Wrathall

Derek Wiesehahn, Joel Schwartzberg, Armando De'ath

Suresh Ayyar, William Haugse, Rob Bralver, Drek Boonstra

Director Bio
Nicholas Wrathall was raised in Sydney, Australia where he made his first film at Sydney University. He won the 1998 MTV Best Music Video award for Madonna's Frozen. His piece The Modern Gulag was recently picked up by the New York Times as part of a feature on North Korean gulags in Russia.

Select Filmography
"Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants" (2001), GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA (2013)

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This film is presented in loving memory of “BIG AL” BALDWIN, the animated and opinionated Chair of Ohio's Wood County Democratic Party for a generation.

This film is presented with the generous support of TOBY DEVAN LEWIS.

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