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Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies

Documentary, History, News

'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.

The critical consensus

Watching the modern day clips, you keenly feel the loss of both Vidal and Buckley, although this riveting, impressively crafted and thought-provoking film at least provides a fitting tribute.

****(*)Matthew Turner, The List, 20/07/2015

Outstanding account of a pivotal moment in small-screen history.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 20/07/2015

A fascinating look at the 1968 TV debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F Buckley that almost ended in blows.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/07/2015

Hate and debate in a great 1968 political bout.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 24/07/2015

The verbal dexterity of both men is breathtaking to behold as archival footage shows them deploying elaborate syntactical jujitsu to counter and undermine one another’s arguments.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/07/2015

A fascinating documentary charting the infamous TV clash between US cultural heavyweights William F Buckley and Gore Vidal.

****(*)Jonathan Romney, The Observer, 26/07/2015

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday July 28, 2015, until Thursday July 30, 2015. More info:

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