Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0. USA, 1968. Supreme Mix Productions. Screenplay by D.A. Pennebaker. Cinematography by D.A. Pennebaker. Produced by Buzz Farber, Mickey Knox, Norman Mailer. Music by Charlie Brown. Film Editing by Norman Mailer, Jan Welt.
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, Buzz Farber and Mickey Knox 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.