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A.k.a.
Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal
Year
2015
Runtime
87 min.
Directors
Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Genres
History, Documentary, News
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
2,809
Checks
535
Favs
40
Dislikes
0
Favs/checks
7.5% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
40:0
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  1. Hunziker's avatar

    Hunziker

    A fascinating love story. 3 years 3 months ago
  2. Clintmwells's avatar

    Clintmwells

    Brilliant. 3 years 4 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Best of Enemies is a documentary about the birth of punditry, when two intellectuals, William F. Buckley (on the Right) and Gore Vidal (on the Left), were used as a cost-saving measure by ABC-TV during the 1968 Republican and Democrat conventions. Seemed a perfect fit to watch just after the 2016 national conventions, and indeed, 1968 and 2016 have a lot in common. The film acts as a portrait of both men, first and foremost, and as an ironic counterpoint to the state of political discourse in media today. While Buckley and Vidal were brilliant wordsmiths, I'm not entirely sure they truly elevated the level of discourse; they were too much about destroying their opponent for that - or at least that's what the chosen clips show - so they are a herald for a lot of the crap that passes for news coverage today. Almost fifty years later, I don't think we've progressed at all. 2 years 9 months ago
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