The Best Man

Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner (1964). Gore Vidal’s adaptation of his hit play harks back to the day before political conventions were TV infomercials. In this case, the backstage intrigue involves the conflict between Henry Fonda’s arrogant mandarin and Cliff Roberts’s unholy combination of Richard Nixon and Robert Kennedy, with Lee Tracy making his final screen perf as the sly, Trumanesque sitting president.
Tue., May 4, 1, 4:30 & 8 p.m., 2010

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