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Gore Vidal is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 3 october 1925 at West Point (USA)

Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal
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Birth name Eugene Luther Gore Vidal
Nationality USA
Birth 3 october 1925 at West Point (USA)
Death 31 july 2012 (at 86 years) at Hollywood Hills (USA)
Awards National Book Award

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (/ˌɡɔr vɨˈdɑːl/; born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. As a well-known public intellectual, he was known for his patrician manner and witty aphorisms. Vidal's grandfather was the U.S. Senator Thomas Gore of Oklahoma.

A lifelong Democrat, Gore ran for political office twice and was a seasoned political commentator. As well-known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, New Statesman, the New York Review of Books and Esquire. Vidal's major subject was America, and through his essays and media appearances he was a longtime critic of American foreign policy. He developed this into a portrayal of the United States as a decaying empire from the 1980s onwards. He was also known for well-publicized spats with such figures as Norman Mailer, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Truman Capote.

His most widely regarded social novel was Myra Breckinridge; his best known historical novels included Julian, Burr, and Lincoln. His third novel, The City and the Pillar (1948), outraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality. Vidal rejected the terms of "homosexual" and "heterosexual" as inherently false, claiming that the vast majority of individuals had the potential to be pansexual. His screenwriting credits include the epic historical drama Ben-Hur (1959), in which he claimed to have added a "gay subplot." Ben-Hur won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Best films

Ben-Hur (1959)
Caligula (1979)
(Original Story)
With Honors (1994)
The Sicilian (1987)
Is Paris Burning? (1966)

Usually with

Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2 films)
Burr Steers
Burr Steers
(2 films)
Tinto Brass
Tinto Brass
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Gore Vidal (36 films)

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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about writers
Actors Gore Vidal, Burr Steers, Tim Robbins, Sting, David Mamet, Norman Mailer
Roles Himself
Rating77% 3.888443.888443.888443.888443.88844
The film is a commentary on Gore Vidal's professional and personal life, and the impact he had in art and politics. It includes exclusive interviews with Vidal, as well as figures such as Burr Steers and Christopher Hitchens.
Standing Army
Genres Documentary
Actors Gore Vidal
Roles Himself
Rating75% 3.7575153.7575153.7575153.7575153.757515
The United States has 250,000 soldiers stationed on more than 700 military bases in at least 40 countries across the globe,. This deployment has continued to increase.
Shrink (2009)
, 1h44
Directed by Jonas Pate
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about psychiatry
Actors Kevin Spacey, Mark Webber, Saffron Burrows, Griffin Dunne, Jack Huston, Pell James
Roles George Charles
Rating66% 3.347983.347983.347983.347983.34798
In Hollywood, Dr. Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) had most of Carter's patients who are luminaries in the film industry, each undergoing their own life crisis. Carter lives in a large, luxurious house overlooking the Hollywood Hills and has published a hugely successful self-help book. However, he is disheveled and lives alone in his large house. He smokes marijuana at home, in his car and behind his office, when not seeing patients. Carter routinely drinks himself to sleep around his house, waking up in his clothes and never enters his bedroom. Despite his own problems, Carter continues psychotherapy with his patients, maintaining his incisiveness, compassion and strong doctor-patient relationships.
The U.S. vs. John Lennon, 1h39
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about politics, Musical films, Political films
Actors Tariq Ali, Walter Cronkite, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, David Peel, Gore Vidal
Roles Himself
Rating73% 3.6961653.6961653.6961653.6961653.696165
Alors que la guerre du Viêtnam suscite de plus en plus la polémique, que les manifestations s'intensifient et que le gouvernement américain multiplie les opérations d'espionnage et d'écoute, un chanteur célèbre décide de militer pour la paix. Il doit alors faire face aux représailles du gouvernement américain.
Why We Fight, 1h38
Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Genres Drama, Documentary, Historical
Themes Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about politics, Political films
Actors Gore Vidal, Frank Capra
Rating79% 3.9980253.9980253.9980253.9980253.998025
Why We Fight describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military–industrial complex and its 50-year involvement with the wars led by the United States to date, especially its 2003 Invasion of Iraq. The documentary asserts that in every decade since World War II, the American public was misled so that the government (incumbent Administration) could take them to war and fuel the military-industrial economy maintaining American political dominance in the world. Interviewed about this matter are politician John McCain, political scientist and former CIA analyst Chalmers Johnson, politician Richard Perle, neoconservative commentator William Kristol, writer Gore Vidal, and public policy expert Joseph Cirincione.
Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She, 1h15
Directed by Antony Thomas
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Documentaire sur l'homosexualité, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Gore Vidal, Calpernia Addams, Andrea James
Roles Narrator
Rating62% 3.1482153.1482153.1482153.1482153.148215
The documentary explores the issue of gender and sex, beginning with transgender women dancing at a nightclub. The murder of Gwen Araujo, a teenage transwoman is described in detail by the narrator. Several acquaintances had killed her after finding out that Gwen was born male because two of them had had sexual relations with her.
Inside Deep Throat, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Historical, Pornographic
Themes Films about films, Politique, Films about sexuality, Films about pornography, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Political films, Documentary films about films
Actors Dennis Hopper, Peter Bart, Warren Beatty, John Waters, Tony Bill, Gore Vidal
Roles Himself
Rating66% 3.349313.349313.349313.349313.34931
Considéré comme le film le plus rentable de tous les temps, Gorge profonde fut bien plus qu'une curiosité pour adultes et une réussite financière. Sorti en 1972, au moment où les Etats-Unis découvraient les mouvements pour la libération sexuelle et les valeurs de la contre-culture, ce film au contenu sexuellement explicite déclencha une tempête sociale et politique sans précédent. Gorge profonde devint un phénomène culturel majeur, dont l'impact se ressent encore aujourd'hui. Plus de trente ans après les scandales provoqués par ce classique du cinéma porno, le documentaire Inside Deep throat examine l'incroyable abîme entre les modestes intentions des créateurs du film et l'héritage qu'ils ont involontairement laissé.
Igby Goes Down, 1h38
Directed by Burr Steers
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families
Actors Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Rory Culkin, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Susan Sarandon
Roles Catholic priest
Rating68% 3.448813.448813.448813.448813.44881
Jason "Igby" Slocumb, Jr. (Kieran Culkin) is a misanthropic 17-year-old boy, rebelling against the oppressive world of his strict East Coast "old money" family. His schizophrenic father, Jason (Bill Pullman), has been committed to an institution. Igby fears he will eventually suffer a mental breakdown like his father. His mother, Mimi (Susan Sarandon), is self-absorbed and distant. Igby mockingly describes his ambitious older brother Ollie (Ryan Phillippe) as a fascist or, alternatively, a Young Republican, and that he studies "neo-fascism" (economics) at Columbia University.
Gattaca (1997)
, 1h46
Directed by Andrew Niccol
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Social science fiction, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about computing, L'usurpation d'identité, Films set in the future, Films about disabilities, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Escroquerie
Actors Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Alan Arkin, Loren Dean, Gore Vidal
Roles Director Josef
Rating77% 3.8977953.8977953.8977953.8977953.897795
In "the not-too-distant future", eugenics is common. A genetic registry database uses biometrics to classify those so created as "valids" while those conceived by traditional means and more susceptible to genetic disorders are known as "in-valids". Genetic discrimination is illegal, but in practice genotype profiling is used to identify valids to qualify for professional employment while in-valids are relegated to menial jobs.
Shadow Conspiracy, 1h43
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Political films
Actors Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton, Stephen Lang, Ben Gazzara, Sam Waterston
Roles Page
Rating49% 2.4517852.4517852.4517852.4517852.451785
Set in Washington D.C., this film documents an attempted power grab by White House Chief of Staff Jacob Conrad (Donald Sutherland). Bobby Bishop (Charlie Sheen) is a special aide to the President who finds out about a plot to assassinate the President from a former professor. Bobby's old professor is murdered shortly thereafter and Bobby is left to try to uncover the conspiracy on his own. He recruits his journalist friend Amanda Givens (Linda Hamilton) to help him uncover the mystery and stop the assassination.