Cinema: Wild 90

Norman Mailer put his money where his mouth is and turned out a movie he claims "has the most repetitive, pervasive obscenity of any film ever made." He may well be right, but it is rather hard to tell. Much of Wild 90 is utterly unintelligible, with a partially overloaded sound track and a thoroughly overloaded cast of characters who are barely able to get their thick tongues around the four-letter words.

The caper began last winter, when Mailer's play The Deer Park was running off-Broadway. Mailer and a few of the actors got into...