BEST OF ENEMIES
Dirs: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
USA 87 mins. With: Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, John Lithgow, Kelsey Grammer
The riveting Best of Enemies delves into the prehistory of political punditry with its thrilling chronicle of the 1968 televised debates between pro- vocative novelist, intellectual and staunch leftist Gore Vidal and conservative figurehead William F. Buckley, Jr.
Selected by the network at least partially because of their well-known antipathy towards each other, Buckley and Vidal sought not just to debate policies and ideas but to destroy the other publicly. The charged atmosphere soon descended into outrageous outbursts and
venomous personal attacks.