Gore Vidal

Biography: A precocious literary light of the 1940s (he was twenty when his first novel was published), Gore Vidal shocked literary critics in the 1950s by becoming a writer for the new medium of television - a move dictated chiefly by financial necessity, but also by interest in a field where there seemed to be artistic possibilities of all kinds. It was his belief that, with so many hours to fill, and such a large and varied audience to cater for, some television would, by the law of averages, have to be good - and he aimed to write as much of the good stuff as he could. One of the few TV writers of that day with a literary background (he dismissed most of his colleagues as "radio joke writers"), he was a prolific author of plays for live transmission, and was soon amongst the highest-paid of TV dramatists. One of his most celebrated TV plays, "Visit To A Small Planet", was adapted by him for the stage and was one of his two big Broadway hits, the other being "The Best Man". It is as aA precocious literary light of the 1940s (he was twenty when his first novel was published), Gore Vidal shocked literary critics in the 1950s by becoming a writer for the new medium of television - a move dictated chiefly by financial necessity, but also by interest in a field where there seemed to be artistic possibilities of all kinds. It was his belief that, with so many hours to fill, and such a large and varied audience to cater for, some television would, by the law of averages, have to be good - and he aimed to write as much of the good stuff as he could. One of the few TV writers of that day with a literary background (he dismissed most of his colleagues as "radio joke writers"), he was a prolific author of plays for live transmission, and was soon amongst the highest-paid of TV dramatists. One of his most celebrated TV plays, "Visit To A Small Planet", was adapted by him for the stage and was one of his two big Broadway hits, the other being "The Best Man". It is as a novelist, essayist and pundit that Gore Vidal remains best-known, however, his extremely pungent views on world politics, religion, literature and the future of the human race being as saline and as elegantly-expressed today, in his old age, as they were a half-century ago. His many novels include "The City And The Pillar", "Julian", "Washington, D.C.", "Myra Breckinridge", "Burr", "Kalki" and "Creation". He has also published two volumes of autobiography. Expand

Gore Vidal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 66
Highest Metascore: 84 Valentino's Ghost
Lowest Metascore: 40 Salinger
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
6 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Best of Enemies Jul 31, 2015 Himself tbd
65 Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s Sep 12, 2014 Himself tbd
72 Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia May 23, 2014 Cast / Himself 8.4
40 Salinger Sep 6, 2013 Himself 7.6
84 Valentino's Ghost May 17, 2013 Himself 10
73 Obscene Sep 26, 2008 Himself 7.5
64 Gattaca Oct 24, 1997 Director Josef 8.7