Wild 90 (1968)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0

USA, 1968.  Supreme Mix Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by D.A. Pennebaker.  Produced by , , Norman Mailer.  Music by .  Film Editing by Norman Mailer, .

An obnoxiously indulgent mess from writer Norman Mailer, here making his debut as a director (though in this case he stretches the meaning of the word).  He, and play gangsters holed up in an apartment who spend the entire 80 minute running time shouting and drinking, the audio barely discernible thanks to low-grade production values that also include bad lighting and sloppy editing.  The lack of narrative structure is easily forgivable, after all this is meant as experimental cinema in the vein of some of Andy Warhol’s more daringly spare features, but watching these guys is like being the designated driver at an Irish wake.  It offers few rewards and is nearly impossible to sit through, Mailer’s own perpetually indistinguishable braying easy to get enraged at.

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