Buckley and the one person he publically told the network he did not want to debate, Gore Vidal. They were only offering 90-minutes of convention coverage a night. These two men were at the top of their game as they were asked to recap each nights convention events. The Presidential conventions were at the forefront of CBS and NBC newscasts. In fact, the documentary recounts a joke going around in 68, that if the Vietnam War ran on ABC, it would be cancelled in 13 weeks.
Best Of Enemies is 88 minutes and Rated R and opens Friday, July 31 in Los Angeles at the Landmark Theatre.
ABC Networks ratings skyrocketed. But the third network, ABC, was scraping the bottom of the ratings barrel. Although well versed on American history and policies (so much more than 99% of the experts of todays newscasts), these two men were not above insulting the other. Over the ten separate debates, one wondered whether the verbal sparring would turn physical.
Filmmaker event: Director Morgan Neville will appear for a Q&A after the Friday, July 31, 7:40 p.m. Liberal democrat Vidal wrote controversial bestsellers, like The City and the Pillar and Myra Breckinridge, as well as U.S. Buckley was a modern conservative who founded the National Review magazine in 1955, and later would have his own program Firing Line for over 30 years.
At what first looked like a ridiculous stunt, turned out to be a savvy move ABC hired William F. The intensity and violence surrounding the Democratic Convention in Chicago seemed to carry over into Buckley and Vidals broadcasts. show at the Landmark Theatre. Protests all over the country expressed discontent over issues like racial and economic inequality as well as the Vietnam War. Debates like this had never before been witnessed on live television.
Although both Buckley and Vidal certainly make for interesting viewing, the skilled filmmaking team of Neville and Gordon deserve great credit in crafting this story from a vast array of film clips, newsreels, and past and present-day interviews. It was an ugly, yet riveting time. Buckley, Jr. (Nevilles last feature was the Academy Award-winning Twenty Feet From Stardom; Gordon produced and directed numerous music documentaries.) Their creative team is also an acclaimed group and includes producers Julie Goldman, Caryn Capotosto, editors Eileen Meyer and Aaron Wickenden, and composer Jonathan Kirkscey.. He also was a step-brother to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and frequented the White House until a fight with Bobby Kennedy got him banned.
Both men were hyper-intelligent and viewed the other as a threat to the American way of life. In Morgan Neville and Robert Gordons fascinating documentary, Best Of Enemies, the historical beginnings of pundit television is chronicled via the 1968 Republican and Democratic Presidential conventions. But that wasnt always the case. and liberal Gore Vidal.
Best Of Enemies is illuminating viewing on a subject that seems to be as current today as it was nearly 50 years ago.
The summer of 1968 was full of civil unrest. The experts here are two brilliant intellectuals, conservative William F. These recaps were not just unbiased convention talking points, but instead Buckley and Vidal’s personal views as to why or why not certain politicians and policies would be disastrous for the nation.
Its hard to remember a time when television news didnt offer segments of so-called experts arguing their political views ad nauseam. history biographies, theatrical plays, essays and even ran for public office