- Category: Movie Reviews
- Written by Gilbert Seah
HOT DOC SOUP (Dec 4,5 2013)
Hot Docs is pleased to announce that December’s Doc Soup will present the Toronto premiere of GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA (D: Nicholas Wrathall, USA, 89 min.) An official selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA will screen on Wednesday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and on Thursday, December 5, at 6:45 p.m. at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West. Filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.
Single tickets for GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA are $15 and can be purchased in advance online at www.hotdocs.ca or in person at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema box office. In the event advance tickets sell out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the door on the night of the screening. Tickets and Student 6-Packs can be purchased online atwww.hotdocs.ca, in person at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema box office, or by phone at 416-637-5150.
Upcoming screening dates for Toronto’s Doc Soup are January 8 and 9, February 5 and 6, March 5 and 6 and April 2 and 3. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.
GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA (USA 2013) ***
Directed by Nicholas Wrathall
It is often said that a documentary is only as good as its subject. Fortunately, the subject of Nicholas Wrathrall happens to be one of the wittiest, sarcastic and charismatic critics and writers of all time – Gore Vidal. He is already well known in film circles as the writer of the book of one of the worst movies of all time – MYRA BRECKINRIDGE. The documentary traces the life and work of Vidal. Featuring never before seen interviews and candid footage of Vidal in his final years, the film explores his enduring global impact on art, politics, and everything in between. Commentary by his life partner, Christopher Hitchens, old friend, Mikhail Gorbachev, Burr Steers, Stephen Fry, Tom Ford, Sting, David Mamet, William F. Buckley, Norman Mailer, and Dick Cavett, blends with footage from Vidal’s legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time. The best line in the film has him saying: ‘We had bad presidents in the past, but this one (referring to Bush Jr.) is a goddamn fool.” The films shows his utter disgust and disappointment with the U.S. The title comes from the fact that ever since being founded, Gore maintains that the U.S. have forgotten what they stood for.