Sundance: Magnolia, Participant Nab ‘Best of Enemies’

Magnolia and Participant Media have teamed to nab rights to documentary “Best of Enemies,” a look at the TV debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal, for high six figures. The deal does not include television rights.

The erudite thrusts and parries between Buckley and Vidal were must-see TV during the 1968 presidential election but, the film argues, set the stage for the current crop of political bloviators on television.

Variety critic Joe Leydon praised the film as “a thoroughly engrossing and surprisingly entertaining documentary.”

WME Global and Submarine shopped the picture. Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon co-directed the film.

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