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Town Bloody Hall

Town Bloody Hall

Town Bloody Hall

Blu ray

Criterion

1979 / 85 min.

Starring Norman Mailer, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston

Cinematography by D.A. Pennebaker

Directed by D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus

No matter the subject, Norman Mailer was the star of whatever he produced—in Advertisements for Myself, a mix of self-criticism and self-congratulation—he could have been talking to himself. He took to using the third person in The Armies of the Night. He sometimes adopted a new name—in Of a Fire on the Moon he was “Aquarius.” He directed and acted in a handful of independently made films and plastered his mug on campaign posters that papered New York when he ran for mayor in 1969. His career was one big selfie. But what an ambitious self portrait it was—Hemingway, Faulkner, Dos Passos—he tried to top them all.

He worked hard to be a new kind of empathetic writer, sinking into the psyche of all creatures bright,

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