Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal (born October 3, 1925) is an American author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and liberal political activist. Early in his career he wrote The City and the Pillar (1948), which outraged mainstream critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality. He also ran for political office twice and served as a longtime political critic.

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Gattaca (1997)

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In a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics, humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. Young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Jude Law  •  Gore Vidal  •  Uma Thurman

In a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics, humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. Young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Jude Law  •  Gore Vidal  •  Uma Thurman

Bob Roberts (1992)

Mock documentary about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate written and directed by actor Tim Robbins. Bob Roberts is a folksinger with a difference: He offers tunes that protest welfare chiselers, liberal whining, and the like. As the filmmakers follow his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Giancarlo Esposito  •  Alan Rickman  •  David Strathairn

Mock documentary about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate written and directed by actor Tim Robbins. Bob Roberts is a folksinger with a difference: He offers tunes that protest welfare chiselers, liberal whining, and the like. As the filmmakers follow his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Giancarlo Esposito  •  Alan Rickman  •  David Strathairn

Inside Deep Throat (2005)

In 1972, a seemingly typical shoestring budget pornographic film was made in a Florida hotel, "Deep Throat," starring Linda Lovelace. This film would surpass the wildest expectation of everyone involved to become one of the most successful independent films of all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fenton Bailey  •  Randy Barbato
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bart  •  Warren Beatty  •  Carl Bernstein

In 1972, a seemingly typical shoestring budget pornographic film was made in a Florida hotel, "Deep Throat," starring Linda Lovelace. This film would surpass the wildest expectation of everyone involved to become one of the most successful independent films of all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fenton Bailey  •  Randy Barbato
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bart  •  Warren Beatty  •  Carl Bernstein

Roma (1972)

A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Federico Fellini
CAST:  Peter Gonzales Falcon  •  Fiona Florence  •  Pia De Doses  •  Marne Maitland

A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Federico Fellini
CAST:  Peter Gonzales Falcon  •  Fiona Florence  •  Pia De Doses  •  Marne Maitland

Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

Bobby Bishop is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately gets killed by an assassin. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George P. Cosmatos
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Stephen Lang

Bobby Bishop is a special assistant to the President of the United States. Accidentally, he meets his friend professor Pochenko on the street. Pochenko has time to tell Bishop about some conspiracy in the White House but then immediately gets killed by an assassin. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George P. Cosmatos
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Stephen Lang

The Celluloid Closet (1996)

This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have occupied in cinema history, and shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Lily Tomlin  •  Armistead Maupin  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Arthur Laurents

This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have occupied in cinema history, and shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Lily Tomlin  •  Armistead Maupin  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Arthur Laurents

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Leaf  •  John Scheinfeld
CAST:  Stew Albert  •  John Lennon  •  Tariq Ali  •  Yōko Ono

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Leaf  •  John Scheinfeld
CAST:  Stew Albert  •  John Lennon  •  Tariq Ali  •  Yōko Ono

With Honors (1994)

Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alek Keshishian
CAST:  Joe Pesci  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Moira Kelly  •  Patrick Dempsey

Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alek Keshishian
CAST:  Joe Pesci  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Moira Kelly  •  Patrick Dempsey

The Best Man (1964)

The other party is in disarray. Five men vie for the party nomination for president. No one has a majority as the first ballot closes and the front-runners begin to decide how badly they want the job.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franklin J. Schaffner
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Edie Adams  •  Margaret Leighton

The other party is in disarray. Five men vie for the party nomination for president. No one has a majority as the first ballot closes and the front-runners begin to decide how badly they want the job.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franklin J. Schaffner
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Edie Adams  •  Margaret Leighton

Paul Bowles: The Cage Door Is Always Open (2012)

The American composer and author Paul Bowles was a man with a great deal of charisma and influence. When he moved to Tangier, Morocco, in 1949, half the world followed him to the enigmatic city. His marriage with author Jane Bowles was a loving relationship of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Young
CAST:  John Waters  •  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Gore Vidal  •  Richard Horowitz

The American composer and author Paul Bowles was a man with a great deal of charisma and influence. When he moved to Tangier, Morocco, in 1949, half the world followed him to the enigmatic city. His marriage with author Jane Bowles was a loving relationship of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Young
CAST:  John Waters  •  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Gore Vidal  •  Richard Horowitz

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013)

Anchored by intimate, one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining tribute to the iconic Gore Vidal. Commentary by those who knew him best—including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas D. Wrathall
CAST:  Gore Vidal

Anchored by intimate, one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining tribute to the iconic Gore Vidal. Commentary by those who knew him best—including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas D. Wrathall
CAST:  Gore Vidal

Valentino's Ghost (2013)

The documentary exposes the ways in which America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. The film lays bare the truths behind taboo subjects that are conspicuously avoided, or merely treated as sound ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Singh
CAST:  Ahmed Ahmed  •  Hillary Clinton  •  Walter Cronkite  •  Mike Farrell

The documentary exposes the ways in which America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. The film lays bare the truths behind taboo subjects that are conspicuously avoided, or merely treated as sound ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Singh
CAST:  Ahmed Ahmed  •  Hillary Clinton  •  Walter Cronkite  •  Mike Farrell

Salinger (2013)

An in-depth investigation into the private world of the American writer J. D. Salinger (1919-2010), who lived most of his life behind the impenetrable wall of a self-imposed seclusion: how his dramatic experiences during World War II influenced his life and work, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shane Salerno
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Michael Mcdermott  •  Edward Norton  •  A. E. Hotchner

An in-depth investigation into the private world of the American writer J. D. Salinger (1919-2010), who lived most of his life behind the impenetrable wall of a self-imposed seclusion: how his dramatic experiences during World War II influenced his life and work, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shane Salerno
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Michael Mcdermott  •  Edward Norton  •  A. E. Hotchner

Standing Army (2010)

Standing Army, directed by Enrico Parenti and Thomas Fazi, is an award-winning documentary film about the global network of U.S. military bases, the impact that these have on local populations, and the military-industrial complex that lies behind it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Fazi  •  Enrico Parenti
CAST:  Noam Chomsky  •  Gore Vidal  •  Chalmers Johnson  •  Olivier Bancoult

Standing Army, directed by Enrico Parenti and Thomas Fazi, is an award-winning documentary film about the global network of U.S. military bases, the impact that these have on local populations, and the military-industrial complex that lies behind it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Fazi  •  Enrico Parenti
CAST:  Noam Chomsky  •  Gore Vidal  •  Chalmers Johnson  •  Olivier Bancoult

Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press (2008)

A look at the life and work of American publisher Barney Rosset, who struggled to bring controversial works like "Tropic of Cancer" and "Naked Lunch" to publication.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Ortenberg  •  Daniel O'Connor
CAST:  Amiri Baraka  •  William S. Burroughs  •  Jim Carroll  •  Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A look at the life and work of American publisher Barney Rosset, who struggled to bring controversial works like "Tropic of Cancer" and "Naked Lunch" to publication.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Ortenberg  •  Daniel O'Connor
CAST:  Amiri Baraka  •  William S. Burroughs  •  Jim Carroll  •  Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula (2005)

This is a short film based on the 1979 film of the same name. The film is stylized with the actors wearing modernized robes and Roman jewelry and females playing male characters and vice-versa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francesco Vezzoli
CAST:  Milla Jovovich  •  Helen Mirren  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Gerard Butler

This is a short film based on the 1979 film of the same name. The film is stylized with the actors wearing modernized robes and Roman jewelry and females playing male characters and vice-versa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francesco Vezzoli
CAST:  Milla Jovovich  •  Helen Mirren  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Gerard Butler

Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (2005)

Examines the diversity of human sexual and gender variance around the globe, with commentary by scientific experts and first-hand accounts of people who do not conform to a simple male/female binary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antony Thomas
CAST:  Gore Vidal  •  Calpernia Addams  •  Milton Diamond  •  Anne Fausto-Sterling

Examines the diversity of human sexual and gender variance around the globe, with commentary by scientific experts and first-hand accounts of people who do not conform to a simple male/female binary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antony Thomas
CAST:  Gore Vidal  •  Calpernia Addams  •  Milton Diamond  •  Anne Fausto-Sterling

Shrink (2009)

Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Pate
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Mark Webber  •  Keke Palmer  •  Jack Huston

Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Pate
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Mark Webber  •  Keke Palmer  •  Jack Huston

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  Montgomery Clift  •  Albert Dekker

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  Montgomery Clift  •  Albert Dekker

The Cockettes (2002)

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Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Weissman  •  Bill Weber
CAST:  Jackie Curtis  •  Candy Darling  •  Divine  •  Allen Ginsberg

Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Weissman  •  Bill Weber
CAST:  Jackie Curtis  •  Candy Darling  •  Divine  •  Allen Ginsberg
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