DVD Release: Norman Mailer: The American

DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Cinema Libre

Norman Mailer: The American movie sceneThe 2010 documentary film Norman Mailer: The American looks at the life and times of the late renowned writer, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who was also recognized as a political candidate, journalist, movie director and social critic.

Over the course of his prolific career, Mailer 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. His writings also covered the lives and psyches of the both famous and the infamous, from Marilyn Monroe to Hitler.

Directed by Joseph Mantegna, the film features such snippets and comments from Mailer, his family and such notables as Muhammad Ali, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett, Gary Gilmore and Allen Ginsburg. Further, the film includes never before seen footage of Mailer’s second wife Adele Morales Mailer’s revelations after being stabbed by her husband

Norman Mailer: The American played a slew of film festivals throughout 2010 and 2011, winning awards at fests in Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Dallas.

Bonus features include the following:

  • Norman Mailer speaks about various topics from writing to celebrities.
  • A gallery of Mailer’s letters to Adele


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