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...Where Beyond the Law is a study of the existential duality of the cop and the criminal, the film is also a philosophical treatise on ideas that carry through in the work of Dostoevsky. Mailer’s second film can also be read as a precursor...

Norman Mailer’s “Windows”

The Cinema of Norman Mailer : Film is Like Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Acclaimed Director of Photography John Bailey A.S.C. recounts what it was like to work with Norman Mailer the filmmaker in Provincetown as well as be steeped in his mysticism and metaphysics. Bailey also defends Tough Guys Don’t Dance...

Norman Mailer: Interview (1970)

The Cinema of Norman Mailer : Film is Like Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Examining his three 1960s films, Norman Mailer sits down with former Newsday film critic and friend Joseph Gelmis to discuss filmmaking as well as films of the 1960s that he feels may have influenced him and those that he thinks...

Mailer Interrogates Machismo: Self-Reflexive Commentary in Wild 90 and Why Are We in Vietnam?

The Cinema of Norman Mailer : Film is Like Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Exploring the author as a character in himself, Norman Mailer comprehends how he is perceived critically by his readers. Out of his critical perception, Mailer he creates, not endorses, arrogant machismo but offers criticisms...

Maidstone: The Unilinear Abstract

The Cinema of Norman Mailer : Film is Like Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Experienced by audiences as a work of anti-narrative, here it is argued that Maidstone has a clear, understandable narrative when in consideration of the context of classic Hollywood films. Maidstone explores classic Hollywood ideas which...

Paradise Lost: Norman Mailer and American Purgatory

The Cinema of Norman Mailer : Film is Like Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The world of Norman Mailer, whether it’s in his writing or his cinema, is a realm of purgatory as is exemplified in such works as Harlot’s Ghost, The Deer Park, Wild 90, and Tough Guys Don’t Dance. The notion of “American Purgatory” appears...

The Life and Death of the Celebrity Author in Maidstone

The Cinema of Norman Mailer : Film is Like Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Seeing Maidstone as a cubist documentary, but also a film that challenges, not only, some of the ideas that first came to fruition Russian filmmaker/theorist Dziga Vertov decades prior; Maidstone can be read as a piece of “asymmetrical...

Visualizing Being and Nothingness: Mailer Meets Godot

Justin Bozung

Justin Bozung is a researcher, writer, and part-time archivist, residing in Georgia, USA. He was a featured contributor at Shock Cinema and Videoscope magazines from 2010 to 2014. He has contributed to two books about Stanley Kubrick: 2001: The Lost Science (2013) and Studies in the Horror Film: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (2015). Bozung serves on the board of the Norman Mailer Society and lectures about Mailer’s films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Cinema of Norman Mailer : Film is Like Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...Examining Mailer’s first feature film Wild 90 as a piece of absurdist theater, the film is compared and contrasted with the Theater of the Absurd’s most affluent part: Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Through mutual aesthetic...

Transcending The Formula: Beyond The Law and The Old-Fashioned Cop Movie

The Cinema of Norman Mailer : Film is Like Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In Mailer’s second movie he explores the relationship between cop and criminal. He does this as a method in which he can infuse new life into the classic Hollywood police procedural of the 1940s and 1950s--all the while exploring...

Tough Guys Don’t Dance and The Cinema of Reaganism

The Cinema of Norman Mailer : Film is Like Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...There was the strong critical backlash that Norman Mailer had to endure in the wake of the release of his final feature film Tough Guys Don’t Dance. As the movie featured too much violence, cheesy over-the-top acting, and was a work...