WILLIAMSTOWN -- "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia," which won critical praise at this spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, has been added to the Williamstown Film Festival’s lineup for its 15th Anniversary Season. The Berkshire premiere of the film will take place at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m.
"Gore Vidal" is the rich portrait of a controversial man who left his mark on many aspects of modern America - theater, literature, politics, history and the culture wars. His career spanned a half-century both at home and (as an expatriate living in Italy for four decades) abroad. It’s hard to fathom how one man could write both "Lincoln" and "Myra Breckinridge," work for MGM and run for Congress, advocate for the New Left and open sexuality, and know everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt, the Kennedy clan and Tennessee Williams (friends) to William F. Buckley (enemy). Gore Vidal was, to put it mildly, one of a kind.
With a fluid blend of archival footage and wittily candid interviews with Vidal including his prophetic comments on corporate control, the erosion of personal liberties, and the sorry state of our government and political parties, Nicholas Wrathall’s hugely entertaining film offers an indelible portrait of a brilliant, often outrageous public figure.
Tickets to "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia" are $12 ($6 for students).
For tickets, passes and more information: 413-458-9900, williamstownfilmfest.com.