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Vidal-Buckley feud kicks off Hamptons doc series

Author and playwright Gore Vidal died in Los

Author and playwright Gore Vidal died in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He wrote hundreds of essays and many best-selling novels in his long career. AP video. (Aug. 1)

This year's Hamptons SummerDocs film series will run July 11 through Aug. 28, beginning with a screening of "Best of Enemies," hosted by Dick Cavett and public radio host Kurt Anderson. All screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

"Best of Enemies," directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, focuses on the 1968 television debates between the conservative intellectual William F. Buckley, who founded the National Review, and his highly liberal counterpart Gore Vidal, one of the era's leading men of letters. The film makes the case that their live, unscripted and often vitriolic sparring was essentially a pedagogical "Rumble in the Jungle" that later devolved into libel suits amd paved the way for television punditry as we know it today. The filmmakers will appear at the screening in person with Cavett (who appears in the film) for a discussion led by Anderson.

The seventh installment of the series, an offshoot of the Hamptons International Film Festival, also includes "Listen to Me Marlon" (Aug. 1), a look at the legendary screen star Marlon Brando, and "Peace Officer" (Aug. 28), about the militarization of America's police forces. At both screenings, series presenter Alec Baldwin will interview the respective filmmakers.

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