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Best of Enemies

Liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. changed the face of television, politics and punditry when last-place network ABC started airing a series of debates between the two intellectual rivals in the summer of 1968. As the two went toe-to-toe during the Democratic and Republican national conventions, ratings soared, and a new era of public discourse was born. Directors Robert Gordon (Johnny Cash's America) and Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) direct this provocative documentary, which—for all its historical context—could not be more timely. 87 minutes R.