American Masters: Season 17, Episode 8

The Education of Gore Vidal (30 Jul. 2003)

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A contrarian and wickedly funny man, "The Education of Gore Vidal" explores Vidal's extraordinary life and work, joining him at his cliff-side villa in Ravello, Italy.

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A contrarian and wickedly funny man, "The Education of Gore Vidal" explores Vidal's extraordinary life and work, joining him at his cliff-side villa in Ravello, Italy.

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shows us a man with great talent, a good heart and a sound mind
28 November 2006 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I've watched this film through several times and I learn something new each time.

The feature length documentary is able to glimpse being comprehensive (in overview) of Gore Vidal's life well-lived.

As a young gay man in the early 70's I was empowered by the honesty of "The City And The Pillar" - and amazed to find the novel was written over two decades earlier. In this film Gore's sexuality is presented with full honesty - and includes some remarkable quotes.

Through "The Education Of Gore Vidal" we are allowed not only ample proof of Gore Vidal's unswerving honesty, but of his clarity of mind. It's a joy to hear his explanation of how he believes historical novels should be approached (making written history sound down right interesting).

Gore Vidal and Kurt Vonnegut Jnr were already my favourite American writers - I'd love to see a documentary of this calibre on Kurt's life (updating the 1983 film "Kurt Vonnegut" by Nigel Finch)


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