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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Nicholas Wrathall, USA, Italy 2013, 83’

Anyone who was anyone would go see Vidal – from politicians and their wives to film stars and entertainers as Vidal became the American symbol of mistrust toward authority, resistance against false morality and the reviled Republicans. His career included stints in Hollywood, domination of TV in the late 1950s, and that of an iconic political columnist and writer. His books caused scandals and his anecdotes about Reagan amused the masses. Gore Vidal is about an icon taking stock as his life nears an end. Vidal begins his “lecture about the past” by showing his future tombstone, with the greats of this era “lying” nearby. Vidal gives up the dirt on some old front-page-friends by sharing scandalous anecdotes and recalls political missteps, all the while showing the face of a man who perhaps has seen a little too much.  

Nicholas Wrathall

Australian film producer, director and working writer, who has been working in the documentary and commercial fields for fifteen years. Wrathall made his first film at Sydney University. After moving to New York, he worked his way up in the industry, including as an assistant director in the production of music videos and ads, including production of Madonna’s video for Frozen (1998 MTV Award for Best Music Video). His television documentary, Abandoned: The Betrayal of America’s Immigrants (Independent Lens series) received the Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism.   


2013 Gore Vidal: stany zjednoczone amnezji / Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (dok. / doc.)  

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director Nicholas Wrathall
cinematography Derek Wiesenhahn, Joel Schwartzberg, Armando De’ath
editing Suresh Ayyar, William Haugse, Rob Bralver
cast Jay Parini, Gore Vidal
producer Nicholas Wrathall, Theodore James, Burr Steers
sales Nicholas Wrathall
language English
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