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Norman Mailer: The American

  • 2010
  • US
  • 106 min

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Norman Mailer was one of the giants of 20th-century American letters. His life was as epic as one of his novels and encompassed six marriages, nine children and a legacy that includes such literary landmarks as The Naked and the Dead and The Executioner’s Song. He was a writer, a thinker, a boxer, a filmmaker, a feisty sparring partner for the feminist movement and a complex man with a reputation for a quick temper and a curmudgeonly personality. Joseph Mantegna’s documentary is woven around archive footage (including Mailer’s legendary fight with Rip Torn) and interviews with wives and lovers, enemies and admirers who paint a revealing picture of a different figure from the crusty public persona that Mailer fostered. Part of Glasgow Film Festival

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