Town Bloody Hall (2001)



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This routine documentary by Chris Hegedus records the much ballyhooed Town Hall Meeting between Norman Mailer defending his views in The Prisoner of Sex, and four independent-minded women, Germaine Greer among them. The intended debate was set up for raucous and raunchy goings-on well before its 1971 date. Intellectuals, lesbians, liberals, and who knows who else loaded the audience with less-than-passive viewers. One eloquent speech from Mailer managed to fight its way into the proceedings but otherwise, audience catcalls and comments and Jill Johnston's antics, especially when she cavorted and made out onstage with a few girlfriends, combined to bring the tone of the evening down to gut or gutter level, depending on one's point of view. This documentary catches it all.


Critic Reviews for Town Bloody Hall

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

What finally makes Town Bloody Hall so compelling -- and unsettling -- is the impression that such serious, spirited debate is a thing of the past.

Nov 12, 2001 | Full Review…

The entire debate at Town Hall is defined by a manic, stimulating energy -- the kind that's hard to replicate via Twitter wars.

Jun 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Watching this intriguing documentary makes one realize that something has been lost in today's age of spoon-fed media and five-second sound bites.

Nov 12, 2001 | Full Review…

An interesting film, not only for those who watch C-SPAN for kicks.

Nov 12, 2001 | Full Review…

An invaluable document, its technical limitations notwithstanding.

Nov 9, 2001 | Full Review…

If you can keep your focus on the historical relevance of women's liberation, it becomes a keen study of human nature trying to grow.

Nov 8, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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