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About the Film
Best of Enemies is a behind-the-scenes account of the explosive televised debates between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr., during the 1968 Democratic and Republican national conventions. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted with their rancorous disagreements about politics, God, and sex. Ratings for ABC News sky-rocketed; and a new era in public discourse was born.
This film will appeal to a niche audience. The quality of the video clips from the 1960s is poor. The audio from the original debates also is often poor. And the film contains only selected fragments of the debates. Despite all this, Best Of Enemies is a fantastic film. It tells the story of the battle between two intellectual giants of the 1960s in the USA - William Buckley on the right, Gore Vidal on the left. Gore won the tactical victory in the debates, but Buckley arguably won the strategic victory, influencing USA politics for the next generations. Brilliant and witty throughout.
A true mirror of the two opposing views and intellectual convictions that made the 60s and 70s such a clash of generations.