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Emile Norman: By His Own Design (2007)

Avant garde artist and bohemian Emile Norman is profiled and his life as an out and proud gay man in Big Sur, California is examined.


Will Parrinello


Doris Baizley
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Cast overview:
Emile Norman Emile Norman ... Himself
Angus Whyte Angus Whyte ... Himself - Art Dealer
C. Kevin Smith C. Kevin Smith ... Himself - Writer
Jeffrey Mallory Jeffrey Mallory ... Himself - Information Technologist
Willa Kim Willa Kim ... Herself - Costume Designer
Phil Linhares Phil Linhares ... Himself - Chief Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California
Fred Astaire ... Jed Potter
Mike Trotter Mike Trotter ... Himself - Emile's Caretaker
Brooks Clement Brooks Clement ... Himself (archive sound)
Henry Miller ... Himself (archive footage)
Giovanni Boraccini Giovanni Boraccini ... Himself - Carrara Marble Quarry Owner
Joseph Jennings Joseph Jennings ... Himself - Music Director
Phil Wilder Phil Wilder ... Himself - Singer


The life of artist Emile Norman is chronicled in this compelling documentary profile, which essays the 88-year-old's lifelong dedication to his art, as well as his personal life as an "out" gay man long before it was safe or fashionable, and the creation of his own lifestyle in his private compound in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Big Sur, California. Norman, whose mixed-media works include the grand marble relief and ornate mosaic window of San Francisco's Nob Hill Masonic Center, found success in New York but choose to settle in and live his life in Big Sur, California where he built his own artistic shangri la. Written by trivwhiz

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23 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Did You Know?


Husband and wife actors Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry, of L.A. Law (1986) fame, and who acted as producers of this film, were friends and neighbors of Emile Norman in Big Sur, California, and were the impetus behind Norman's participation in the making of the documentary on his life. See more »


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Written by Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn
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