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Episode description: One of the most eclectic intellectuals in literature today, Vidal writes cautionary tales about politics, sex, art, and philosophy. A contrarian, a wise man, and a realist, he's also wickedly funny. This portrait includes behind-the-scenes looks at the 40th-anniversary revival of The Best Man on Broadway and the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles; archival footage; movie clips; interviews with author George Plimpton, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., New York Review of Books editor and publisher Barbara Epstein, and literary critics Harold Bloom and Adam Goodheart; and celebrity readings from Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Eli Wallach, and Anne Jackson. [cc]

Rating: [TV-PG] (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Series Information: American Masters

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First aired: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 (excluding any air dates prior to June 1999)


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