The Cinema of Norman Mailer: Film Is Like Death

“You can bet there will never be another book on the films of Norman Mailer. This always intelligent look back at the despised movie career of this famously talented writer is made all the more astonishing by the collected essays honesty, respect and attempt at historical context. Reading about these movies is way more fun than actually seeing them and even Norman might agree.”                                                                                            – John Waters, Director and Screenwriter, USA

“Bozung’s collection represents a major advance in our understanding of Mailer’s films―their origins, creation, reception, relationship to his literary work, and enduring influence. His assiduous archival work, communication with almost everyone alive involved with Mailer’s film-making, the collection of previously published essays (including Mailer’s), and the commissioning of new ones, plus an extraordinary collection of photographs, makes The Cinema of Norman Mailer the definitive volume on Mailer’s film career.”                                                                                                                                                                               – J. Michael Lennon, author of Norman Mailer: A Double Life (2013) and Emeritus Professor of English, Wilkes University, USA     

The Cinema of Norman Mailer: Film Is Like Death features new and previously-published analytical essays written by an array of film and literary scholars, enthusiasts, and those who had a personal relationship with the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such books as The Naked and the Dead, An American Dream, and Armies of the Night. For Mailer, film was “legitimately more interesting than books,” and the author made six films between the years of 1947 and 1987. By re-examining Mailer’s polarizing cinema experiments into the avant-garde, direct cinema, and Hollywood noir, we may be afforded a deeper understanding of his cubist oeuvre of writing that featured the novel, non-fiction, biography, and new journalism—but also find an alternate vision of Mailer. Mailer was not just a writer of the beat 50s and turbulent 60s, but was also one of the key post-modern artists of the 20th Century who had deep roots in cinema itself. Mailer’s interest in the philosophy of cinema aesthetics influenced his writing but also aided in the crafting of one of his most potent metaphors—film is like death.

To be released on September 7th, 2017.   Pre-order on Amazon HERE.

film writer & researcher