Movie review: 'Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia'

COLIN COVERT | Updated 6/11/2014

Thin tribute doesn't do Vidal justice.

Gore Vidal

⋆⋆½ out of four stars

Theater: Lagoon.

Gore Vidal was a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, wit, impassioned social commentator and arguably the most trenchant and prescient American essayist of the last half-century. He’s not well-served by this thin tribute. It is packed with events and references from so long ago that the context is lost and with it the importance of Vidal’s fearless contrarianism. Mixing historical footage with interviews conducted shortly before his death at age 86, the film is like an overstuffed suitcase. (Unrated.)