Jun 05 2014

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Born Eugene Vidal on October 3, 1925, the man who eventually changed his name to Gore Vidal went on to become one of the most outspoken and eloquent critics of US empire, wealth, and power. Gore Vidal was a prominent social critic, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and essayist. John Keates once praised him as “[the twentieth] century’s finest essayist.”

He spent many years living in Italy with his partner Howard Auster, and moved back to Southern California in the last few years of his life. He ran for office, hobnobbed with movie stars and musicians, was blacklisted by the literary establishment, criticized all wars and presidents, and threw great parties.

He died nearly 2 years ago on July 31, 2012 leaving behind a legacy that is almost impossible to capture in one coherent narrative.

That is, until now.

The new documentary Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, is the definitive encapsulation of more than 50 years of the life of an American unlike any other.

GUEST: Nicholas Wrathall, producer, writer, and director of Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

The film opens at the Nuart in Los Angeles this Friday, and at the Opera Plaza in San Francisco and Shattuck in Berkeley on June 13, a week from tomorrow. Find out more about the film at gorevidaldocumentary.com.

On April 2, 2008 Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Gore Vidal on stage at an event organizing by the Los Angeles Valley College. Click here for the audio and transcript of the entire interview.

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