History Creator / GoreVidal

17th Apr '17 10:34:10 PM Golondrina
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Best known by a later generation as [[OldShame procreator]] of two dubious cinematic efforts, ''Myra Breckinridge'' and ''Caligula''. Vidal tried [[AlanSmithee disowning]] the latter, but his lawyers moved too slowly and thus his screen credit remains. Nevertheless, he did appear in a [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailer]] for a ''Caligula'' remake, so at least he was a good sport about it. Later in life, he accepted the odd acting role onstage and in film, most notably as the title character's Senate race opponent in ''Film/BobRoberts'', the space shuttle impresario in ''{{Film/Gattaca}}'' and a priest in ''Film/IgbyGoesDown''.

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Best known by a later generation as [[OldShame procreator]] of two dubious cinematic efforts, ''Myra Breckinridge'' ''Film/MyraBreckinridge'' and ''Caligula''. Vidal tried [[AlanSmithee disowning]] the latter, but his lawyers moved too slowly and thus his screen credit remains. Nevertheless, he did appear in a [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailer]] for a ''Caligula'' remake, so at least he was a good sport about it. Later in life, he accepted the odd acting role onstage and in film, most notably as the title character's Senate race opponent in ''Film/BobRoberts'', the space shuttle impresario in ''{{Film/Gattaca}}'' and a priest in ''Film/IgbyGoesDown''.
16th Jan '17 7:18:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheFisherKing: UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson's [[TheWhiteHouse White House]] is an ice palace, with padlocked fences and all activity carefully concentrated in a tiny upstairs study, and only Mrs. Wilson and the President's physician allowed in. Contrast with Harding, whose White House exudes warmth and is made open to the public. By the end of the novel, though, it becomes as haunted and empty as it was under his predecessor.

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* TheFisherKing: FisherKing: UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson's [[TheWhiteHouse White House]] is an ice palace, with padlocked fences and all activity carefully concentrated in a tiny upstairs study, and only Mrs. Wilson and the President's physician allowed in. Contrast with Harding, whose White House exudes warmth and is made open to the public. By the end of the novel, though, it becomes as haunted and empty as it was under his predecessor.
22nd Dec '16 4:10:05 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* BiTheWay: Claimed to be this.
22nd Dec '16 4:09:32 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* BiTheWay: Claimed to be this.
10th Sep '16 9:17:23 AM erforce
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* WordOfGay: Gore Vidal intended Messala in his screenplay of ''Film/BenHur'' to be Ben Hur's spurned [[HoYay lover]], thus explaining his hatred for him later on. Stephen Boyd (the actor who played Messala) was let in on the secret, but Charlton Heston was deliberately kept in the dark.

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Gore Vidal intended Messala in his screenplay of ''Film/BenHur'' ''Film/BenHur1959'' to be Ben Hur's Ben-Hur's spurned [[HoYay lover]], thus explaining his hatred for him later on. Stephen Boyd (the actor who played Messala) was let in on the secret, but Charlton Heston was deliberately kept in the dark.
25th May '16 10:45:25 AM JulianLapostat
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25th May '16 10:45:22 AM JulianLapostat
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--> '''Colonel Burr''': ''I sense nothing more than the ordinary busy-ness of men wanting to make a place for themselves. Some are simply busier than others, and so will take the higher ground. But it is no different here from what it is in London or what it was in Caesar’s Rome.''\\
'''Hamilton''': ''There is more to it than that, Burr. But then I have always thought we might be able to make something unique in this place.''\\
'''Colonel Burr''' ''Our uniqueness is only geographical.''\\
'''Hamilton''': ''No, it is moral. That is the secret to all greatness.''
9th May '16 7:16:08 AM DrRomoray
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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems. Buckley was a Catholic who gained national recognition with ''God and Male at Yale'', a critique of secularism in academia. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''.

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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems. Buckley was a Catholic who gained national recognition with ''God and Male Men at Yale'', a critique of secularism in academia. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''.
9th May '16 7:14:49 AM DrRomoray
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Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was a novelist, essayist, and playwright whose career spanned sixty years, beginning immediately following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and continuing into the early phase of the [[TurnOfTheMillennium new millennium]]. In the world of literature, he was best known for his breakthrough work ''The City and the Pillar'', the first post-war novel to feature a [[{{UsefulNotes/Homosexual}} homosexual]] protagonist who isn't [[BuryYourGays bumped off]] at the end of the story. A quarter-century later, Vidal began penning a series of historical novels based on the formulative years of the United States, including a third-person account of [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]] which met with high accolades.

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Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was a novelist, essayist, and playwright whose career spanned sixty years, beginning immediately following after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and continuing into the early phase of the [[TurnOfTheMillennium new millennium]]. In the world of literature, he was best known for his breakthrough work ''The City and the Pillar'', the first post-war novel to feature a [[{{UsefulNotes/Homosexual}} homosexual]] protagonist who isn't [[BuryYourGays bumped off]] at the end of the story. A quarter-century later, Vidal began penning a series of historical novels based on the formulative years of the United States, including a third-person account of [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]] which met with high accolades.
9th May '16 7:14:01 AM DrRomoray
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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems.

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Vidal was politically active throughout TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]], appearing on television as a spokesman for the "New Left" and sharing a panel with his [[{{Archenemy}} ideological opposite]] William F. Buckley Jr. This arrangement didn't last long, as their exchanges became [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor increasingly heated]] until Buckley threatened to punch him in the face on-air. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''. Vidal was also an outspoken critic of monotheism, believing it to be the most dysfunctional of all belief systems.
systems. Buckley was a Catholic who gained national recognition with ''God and Male at Yale'', a critique of secularism in academia. The debate series is depicted in the well received documentary, ''Best of Enemies''.
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