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Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies

Buckley vs. Vidal. 2 Men. 10 Debates. Television Would Never Be the Same.

Best of Enemies (2015)


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?"

Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville.

Release Date: 2015-07-31
Status: Released
Run time: 87 min / 1:27
Budget: $1,000,000
Production Companies : Tremolo Productions, Media Ranch, Motto Pictures
Production Country: United States of America




Gore Vidal
as Himself
William F. Buckley
as Himself
Kelsey Grammer
as Himself
John Lithgow
as Himself
Dick Cavett
as Himself
Christopher Hitchens
as Himself
Noam Chomsky
as Himself


Editing Aaron Wickenden Editor
Directing Robert Gordon Director
Directing Morgan Neville Director
Writing Robert Gordon Writer
Writing Morgan Neville Writer
Sound Jonathan Kirkscey Original Music Composer
Editing Eileen Meyer Editor
Camera Mark Schwartzbard Director of Photography
Camera Graham Willoughby Director of Photography
Camera David Leonard Director of Photography
Production Robert Gordon Producer
Production Morgan Neville Producer
Production Julie Goldman Executive Producer
Sound Pete Horner Supervising Sound Editor

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