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Best of Enemies

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Best of Enemies

Release Date: July 31, 2015

Year    :   2015
Slogan    :   «Buckley vs. Vidal. 2 Men. 10 Debates. Television Would Never Be the Same.»
Genres    :   Documentary, History
Production Companies    :   Tremolo Productions, Media Ranch, Motto Pictures
Director    :   Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
Producers    :   Julie Goldman, Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
Writers    :   Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
RunTime    :   87 mins.
Budget    :   1000000

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?"




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