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The Cinema of Norman Mailer


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Acknowledgments Foreword 1. Introduction: Mailer's Film Aesthetics Justin Bozung (Independent Researcher, USA) 2. Some Dirt in the Talk Norman Mailer (Esquire, 1967) 3. Visualizing Being and Nothingness: Mailer Meets Godot Justin Bozung (Independent Researcher, USA) 4. Mailer Interrogates Machismo: Self-Reflexive Commentary in Wild 90 and Why Are We in Vietnam? Maggie McKinley (Harper College, USA) 5. Transcending the Formula: Beyond the Law and the Old-Fashioned Cop Movie Kenneth Jurkiewicz (Central Michigan University, USA) 6. All of us are Policemen, All of us are Criminals: Discovering Dostoevsky in a Re-evalution of Beyond the Law Catriona McAvoy (University of the Arts London, UK) 7. A Course in Film-Making Norman Mailer (Esquire, 1967) 8. The Life and Death of the Celebrity Author in Maidstone Sarah Bishop (The Mailer Review, 2012) 9. Maidstone: The Unilinear Abstract John D'Amico (Filmmaker, USA) 10. Commando Raids on the Nature of Reality Gary D. Rhodes (Queen's University Belfast, UK) 11. Mailer's Movie Maja and the Dark Lady Revealed Lee Roscoe (Actress) 12. Over Exposed: My First Taste of Film-making Michael Mailer (Producer) 13. Norman Mailer Joseph Gelmis (Newsday, 1970) 14. Mailer, Godard, and Company David Sterritt (Film Critic) 15. Dance Of A Tough Guy Michael Ventura (Novelist and Screenwriter) 16. Pulp Fiction in Provincetown James Emmett Ryan (Auburn University, USA) 17. Paradise Lost: Norman Mailer and American Purgatory David Masciotra (University of St. Francis, USA) 18. Tough Guys Don't Dance and The Cinema of Reaganism Scott Duguid (University of Edinburgh, UK) 19. Norman Mailer's "Windows" John Bailey A.S.C. (Cinematographer) Contributors Table of Contents Index

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The first anthology on Norman Mailer's film career, including new and never before published essays, interviews, photographs and critiques.

About the Author

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.


You can bet there will never be another book on the films of Norman Mailer. This always intelligent look back at the despised movie career of this famously talented writer is made all the more astonishing by the collected essays' honesty, respect and attempt at historical context. Reading about these movies is way more fun than actually seeing them and even Norman might agree. * John Waters, Director and Screenwriter, USA *
Bozung's collection represents a major advance in our understanding of Mailer's films-their origins, creation, reception, relationship to his literary work, and enduring influence. His assiduous archival work, communication with almost everyone alive involved with Mailer's filmmaking, the collection of previously published essays (including Mailer's), and the commissioning of new ones, plus an extraordinary collection of photographs, makes The Cinema of Norman Mailer the definitive volume on Mailer's film career. * J. Michael Lennon, author of Norman Mailer: A Double Life (2013) and Emeritus Professor of English, Wilkes University, USA *
Because of this thorough, eclectic, and nuanced text, I now feel as if I could do a better job teaching Mailer as a filmmaker and communicate a more critical and contextualized understanding of Mailer's process and product. Now, after reading this comprehensive collection of memoirs, essays, and interviews-one that, I might add, will appeal to the enthusiast as well as undergraduate and graduate students-I feel as if I actually might be able to do Mailer justice as a filmmaker in the classroom. Now, instead of thinking about Mailer as a writer who pushed the boundaries of all the genres he worked in, thanks to Bozung's collection, I have a broader understanding of Norman Mailer and his cultural legacy. * Norman Mailer Review *

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