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Gore Vidal

Movie review: 'Best of Enemies' shows to intellectual monsters in battle

It was Godzilla vs. Reptilicus the celebrity battle of two great intellectual monsters. One of them, Gore Vidal, famously said: "Two things you should never turn down are sex and an appearance on TV." In 1968 the most violently turbulent year of 20th century American history third place network ABC, vying against rival CBS and NBC, convinced two towering, erudite public figures, Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr., to debate each other live, on prime-time television, during the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions in Miami Beach and Chicago. ABC's brilliantly unconventional convention coverage would raise its audience share hugely, not with an...