Hot Sheet: Forget the Evil Queen, What About the Prince?
BY Advocate.com Editors
May 30 2014 2:48 PM ET
9. FILM: Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia "I must say, I know quite a lot of people underground here," says the late writer Gore Vidal, standing near his tombstone in the opening scene of Nicholas Wrathall’s Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia. And indeed, the 89-minute film is a veritable Who’s Who of American luminaries both living and dead — from Jacqueline Onassis and John F. Kennedy to actors Paul Newman and Tim Robbins to writers Truman Capote and Christopher Hitchens, who all numbered among the friends, colleagues, and occasional enemies of the late writer.
Vidal’s privileged upbringing, intelligence, and access to the worlds of politics and entertainment make him an ideal narrator of not only his own story but also American history. Wrathall's captivating film combines recent one-on-one interviews with historical footage that traces Vidal’s evolution from the young scion of a political dynasty to one of the foremost gay writers and political commentators of the past century, exploring his vibrant life, loves, and many passions in vivid detail. The documentary, produced by IFC Films, is now playing in select theaters nationwide, or you can find a festival screening near you here. — Sunnivie Brydum and Daniel Reynolds