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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.