Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia; The Fall – review

Gore Vidal – eloquent, scabrous and endlessly quotable to the last

As long as you are at peace with the fact that a documentary made by a friend of the subject’s nephew and executive produced by that nephew is probably not going to be a forensic examination of the man’s dark side or give the same attention to his critics as it does to his admirers, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (Sky Arts 1) was 90 minutes of pure joy.

How could it not be? When we weren’t hearing from Vidal himself in interviews carried out not long before he died – eloquent, scabrous and endlessly quotable to the last – we were watching archive and even more quotable footage of him as he moved with perfect patrician poise through the decades mingling with the great, the good and the politicians, decrying America’s imperial ambitions, its undemocratic will to power,
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