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Norman Mailer: The American (2010)

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The life and times of Norman Mailer as told through the people that knew him personally.

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Lady Jeanne Campbell
Mary Dearborn
Edwin Fancher
Janet Flanner
Gary Gilmore
Lenny Green
J. Michael Lennon
Adele Mailer
Danielle Mailer
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A provocateur, a rebel, a performer and a true American, Norman Mailer never stopped giving people something to talk about. This documentary goes beyond the Mailer of the bookshelves and The New York Times best sellers list to the social critic, family man, filmmaker and lover. Here is a look into the life of a complex, intellectual, working class hero. Born in Long Branch, NJ and growing up in Brooklyn NY, Mailer began his long career as a writer at Harvard University. He wrote over 30 books and covered every major event in U.S. history including: the Apollo 11 launch, the deaths of John F. Kennedy and his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, the 1968 Democratic National Convention and subsequent riot, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement march on the Pentagon, Muhammad Ali and George Forman's Rumble in the Jungle and many more. He not only wrote about these events, but he lived them. He delved into the lives and psyches of the famous and the infamous, from Marilyn Monroe to Hitler. The ... Written by Cinema Libre Studio

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straight forward bio of a very full life
16 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a straight forward biography of American writer Norman Mailer. He is interviewed in his home in Provincetown, Ma in 2006. He would die in 2007. His father was a drunken degenerate gambler. His mother was the tough breadwinner who loves him. His career starts in Harvard. During the war, he joined as a Private looking to gather material to write. It would become the highly successful "The Naked and the Dead". However his career in Hollywood stumbles. He would continue to write as his personal life goes through six wives and nine children. This is a biography based mostly on his and his supporters' interviews. It doesn't mean that it is only the good stuff but one does wonder if the bad stuff gets short-strift. It's a lot of information being rattled off. It's a lot of people, a lot of name dropping and a very full life.


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