Best of Enemies
CAST: Kelsey Grammer, John Lithgow, Dick Cavett, Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky DIRECTOR: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
'Best of Enemies' is a documentary about the legendary series of nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Intended as commentary on the issues of their day, these vitriolic and explosive encounters came to define the modern era of public discourse in the media, marking the big bang moment of our contemporary media landscape when spectacle trumped content and argument replaced substance. Best of Enemies delves into the entangled biographies of these two great thinkers and luxuriates in the language and the theater of their debates, begging the question, 'What has television done to the way we discuss politics in our democracy today?'
Unfolding over the course of a month, these debates were a game-changing event in American politics and unscripted television, which left both men continuing to trade barbs for decades.Jim Brunzell III, Minneapolis Star Tribune
A fascinating, supremely well-judged and unexpectedly touching documentary.Tom Huddleston, Time Out