Emile Norman: By His Own Design

Overview

From the beginning, artist Emile Norman redefined 'iconoclast' via the degree to which he bucked the system and went his own way. Though raised on a ranch in the San Gabriel Valley in the early 20th century, Norman gravitated to the bohemian lifestyles of Big Sur, California and simultaneously both acknowledged and embraced his innate homosexual longings - an inclination capped via his 30+-year relationship with filmmaker and photographer Brooks Clement. As a visual pioneer, Norman shook up New York City's art ...
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Overview

From the beginning, artist Emile Norman redefined 'iconoclast' via the degree to which he bucked the system and went his own way. Though raised on a ranch in the San Gabriel Valley in the early 20th century, Norman gravitated to the bohemian lifestyles of Big Sur, California and simultaneously both acknowledged and embraced his innate homosexual longings - an inclination capped via his 30+-year relationship with filmmaker and photographer Brooks Clement. As a visual pioneer, Norman shook up New York City's art world with astonishing displays at Bergdorf -Goodman's and in the San Francisco Masonic Temple, and impacted Hollywood as well, with such feats as designing the chorus girl costumes in the Fred Astaire movie Blue Skies. As produced by Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker and originally screened on PBS, the documentary Emile Norman: By His Own Design charts Norman's life, career and artwork, as it profiles his distinct paradigm.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; The Hawk (Archival Film) ; Photo gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • UPC: 841887008938
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 83,188

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emile Norman Participant
Technical Credits
Will Parrinello Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Doris Baizley Screenwriter
Andrew Black Cinematographer
Jill Eikenberry Producer
Michael Friedman Score Composer
Jim Iacona Cinematographer
Mary Lampson Editor
Michael Tucker Producer
Michael Tucker Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Emile Norman: By His Own Design
2. Childhood [4:55]
3. In the Studio [2:13]
4. "Art Is An Individual Thing" [1:46]
5. New York City [3:18]
6. Coming Out - Blue Skies [2:30]
7. "I'll Show The World What You're Doing" - Brooks Clement [1:45]
8. Big Sur - "The World's Most Spectacular Meeting of Land and Sea" [7:33]
9. The Hawk/ Wood Inlay Technique [2:04]
10. "He Loved that Land" [:34]
11. Henry Miller [1:41]
12. Endomosaic Window/ Masonic Auditorium [5:12]
13. New York Critics Hail Emile Norman [4:41]
14. "It Was Complete Freedom" - Angus Whyte [2:34]
15. Wildlife of East Africa [1:10]
16. "We Were Together 30 Years" [2:54]
17. "He Changed My Life" - Jeffrey Mallory and C. Kevin Smith [3:19]
18. "We're Chanticleer" [1:50]
19. "When I Work I Can't Be Lonely" [5:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Emile Norman: By His Own Design
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      "The Hawk" - Archival film by Brooks Clement
      Photo Gallery
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