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The Cinema of Norman Mailer: Film Is Like Death

The Cinema of Norman Mailer: Film Is Like Death

by Norman Mailer, Justin BozungNorman Mailer


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The Cinema of Norman Mailer: Film is Like Death not only examines the enfant terrible writer's thoughts on cinema, but also features interviews with Norman Mailer himself. The Cinema of Norman Mailer also explores Mailer's cinema through previously published and newly commissioned essays written by an array of film and literary scholars, enthusiasts, and those with a personal, philosophical connection to Mailer. This volume discusses the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and filmmaker's six films created during the years of 1947 and 1987, and contends to show how Mailer's films can be best read as cinematic delineations that visually represent many of the writer's metaphysical and ontological concerns and ideas that appear in his texts from the 1950s until his passing in 2007. By re-examining Mailer's cinema through these new perspectives, one may be awarded not just a deeper understanding of Mailer's desire to make films, but also find a new, alternative vision of Mailer himself. Norman Mailer was not just a writer, but more: he was one of the most influential Postmodern artists of the twentieth century with deep roots in the cinema. He allowed the cinema to not only influence his aesthetic approach, but sanctioned it as his easiest-crafted analogy for exploring sociological imagination in his writing. Mailer once suggested, "Film is legitimately more interesting than books..." and with that in mind, readers of Norman Mailer might begin to rethink his oeuvre through the viewfinder of the film medium, as he was equally as passionate about working within cinema as he was about literature itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501325519
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/07/2017
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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.


Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 31, 1923

Date of Death:

November 10, 2007

Place of Birth:

Long Branch, New Jersey


B.S., Harvard University, 1943; Sorbonne, Paris, 1947-48

Table of Contents

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 (Auburban 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)
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