• United States
  • 1968
  • 81 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

Norman Mailer’s first feature filmmaking effort stars the director and his two longtime collaborators Buzz Farbar and Mickey Knox as a trio of gangsters holed up in a ramshackle New York apartment, drinking, braying, and fighting. Mailer once claimed that he viewed making movies as “free psychoanalysis,” and this bristly, stripped-down experiment in improvisation shows a filmmaker baring himself for all to see.

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Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer

By Michael Chaiken August 30, 2012

In the 1960s, Mailer, already a literary legend, was inspired by the avant-garde film movement to take a stab at his own, anti-Warholian underground cinema. Read more »