Town Bloody Hall
In 1971, an intelligent, lively audience packed New York City's Town Hall to witness a debate for the ages: Norman Mailer, on the heels of his Harper's magazine essay "The Prisoner of Sex," faced off against a panel of notable feminists, including The Female Eunuch author Germaine Greer. This spirited discussion, produced by Shirley Broughton and her Theater for Ideas, attracted many celebrities, including Betty Friedan and Susan Sontag. Documentary legend D.A. Pennebaker (Don't Look Back, Monterey Pop) filmed the infamous event. His footage sat in a closet until his partner Chris Hegedus discovered it in 1979.
"Frequently funny, it's a pleasure to watch. Mailer backpedals and obfuscates like a madman, but what finally makes Town Bloody Hall -- so compelling and unsettling -- is the impression that such serious, spirited debate is a thing of the past." (Mark Holcomb, Village Voice)