Vidal’s professional and personal life is explored, but the biggest treasures of the film are the interviews with Vidal himself. Vidal is the epitome of the sort of man that needs no introduction.
His sharp, wry wit and his uncanny insight into American politics, as well as much of human society, really say more about the man then any interviews with colleagues and friends, or the appraisals of his writing.
There aren’t any big revelations about the man, but it presents the entire broad scope of his work, and details of his platonic lifelong companion Howard Austen, his close friendship with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and lavish “who’s-who” parties are interesting nonetheless.
The film is a tender and well-orchestrated tribute to one of the great intellectual minds of the 20th century.
Showing at The Cinematheque on October 3 at 1:15 p.m. and October 8 at 9:00 p.m.
By Carly Smith