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    There are disturbing movie scenes, and then there are disturbing movie scenes. The following, from Norman Mailer’s Maidstone, is not for the faint of heart. The 1970 film is the ultimate example of Mailer’s cinematic philosophy, which held that a thin veil of fiction could better expose people for who they really were than the supposedly unadorned reality of Direct Cinema, then the documentary mode du jour. Shot over the course of five drug-fueled days in East Hampton, New York, Maidstone stars Mailer as an underground filmmaker and presidential candidate surrounded by both followers and enemies. Near the end of the film, reality bleeds, quite literally, into the film when Mailer’s costar Rip Torn explodes in a hammer-wielding fury and attacks Mailer. Luckily (or not, depending on your point of view), the cameras were rolling and captured the resulting violent brawl. Nothing about this splenetic rage is staged. (Warning: the clip contains NSFW language.)


  • By Digg
    September 01, 2012
    02:47 PM

    Everything from CC hyperbolic scene description to the the actual contents of this clip is BS. This is bad college Improve Acting 101.
  • By GTW
    September 07, 2012
    06:23 PM

    That wasn't faked. Anybody who says it is is an idiot. Although I saw blood running down the side of Mailer's cheek, I didn't see Rip Torn get his ear bit off. What surprises me is it wasn't broken up a minute or so earlier. The cameraman (obstinately hired to make the film) kept rolling the film and made no effort to intervene.
  • By Criteriophile
    September 07, 2012
    10:30 PM

    This is some sick shit. The fact that this was able to happen with complete disregard for the emotional well being of the children makes me want to vomit. There is a line between artistry and sickness. This is sickness.