Best of Enemies is a riveting documentary film that takes you back to the 1968 Presidential elections and the intense politcal debate between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal on ABC. Buckley and Vidal represented and stood for two different visions of America during this time. The debate was not a loud one, but a civil one that was edgy and highbrow. Now, this does not mean that lines were not crossed – they did cross the line and you will have to watch the film to find out about it. What is interesting is that this politiical debate seems  to have appealed to the people at that time.

Best of Enemies is a timely film since we are at the start of the 2016 Presidential elections. The film also reminds you how much television has shaped our own political views. But more importantly, the film underscores the political punditry between Buckley and Vidal, which is largely absent from the TV and cable channels today.

I got an opportunity to interview Robert Gordon, who co-wrote and co-directed the film.  We talked to him about the making of the film. Why did they make the film now and what was it like to interview Vidal?  We also spoke about the importance of this particular political debate. We spoke to Gordon about his love for music. He has written and made films about musicians, including Muddy Waters, the famous blues musician.


Best of Enemies  released on Friday, Aug 7, 2015 in San Francisco Bay area.

  • Running Time: 88 minutes
  • Status: Releasing Aug 7, 2015
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Documentary



Best of Enemies is a new documentary film about the famous and sharp-edged political debtate between William F. Buckley (R) and Gore Vidal (D) during the 1968 Presidential elections.  The debate took place on ABC television and was a hug success because of the sparks that flew between these two intellecutal giants of that time. This debate is often considered as the one that spawned a slew of political debates on American TV.

Robert Gordon co-wrote and co-directed the film that was part of this year’s I met and interviewed Gordon at the film festival and here are highlights of that interview. The full interview will be posted on my YouTube channel later this week.

Best of Enemies, releases August 7, 2015 in San Francisco Bay area.