Join us for Best of Enemies, the latest Indie Lens award winning documentary. Shown at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media. Free admission.
Join us in the Tim Gill Center for Public Media for the latest Indie Lens documentary series film: Best of Enemies. Brought to you by Rocky Mountain PBS and Independent Film Society of Colorado. Free admission. Popcorn and refreshments for a donation. And stay around afterward to discuss the film.
Best of Enemies
Dir: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
(2015, 1h 28m)
Best of Enemies is a documentary about the legendary debates between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, which came to define a new era of public discourse in the media, demarcating the moment that TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle.
In the summer of 1968, ABC News hired two of the most exceptional minds and characters of their day to meet for a series of ten nationally televised debates during the presidential conventions. Buckley was a leading light of the nascent neo-conservative movement — he’d founded the National Review in 1955. Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist and a Democrat by heritage, a cousin to Jackie Onassis.
Vidal and Buckley each thought the other’s political ideologies were dangerous, even catastrophic, for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they slugged out policy, personal insult, and revisionist histories — staking out the opposing political positions that continue to resonate today, as the talks devolved into heated and shocking name-calling. These discussions beg the question, "What has television done to the way we talk about politics?"