Director: Alex Stapleton
Cast: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard
Production Company: A&E IndieFilms
Runtime: 95 minutes
I cannot imagine a world without Roger Corman and his films. Where would we be without The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), or The Wild Angels (1966)? An in-depth documentary about his life and achievements has been long overdue.
Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) has a load of interviews with directors that got their start with Roger Corman. Anecdotes are shared by Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, and Martin Scorcese. Their stories are both informative and humorous.
Many actors who owe their livelihood to Corman also appear in the documentary. You’ll hear from David Carradine, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Robert DeNiro, and Dick Miller among many others. The interview with Jack Nicholson is particularly touching.
Sounds like a lot of high-level name dropping, doesn’t it? Well, that’s the kind of influence Roger Corman had on the industry. Corman is also interviewed, and he comes across as an intelligent, strong, and happy human being who just happens to make exploitation films.
Special attention is paid to The Intruder (1962), which was one of Corman’s most controversial films. It wasone of the earliest movies to take on the subjects of racism and segregation. William Shatner talks about working on the film in the documentary.
We also get to see some behind the scenes footage from Dinoshark (2010), which was Corman’s most recent film at the time the documentary was produced. Scenes from his other films are also present, including some from Death Race 2000 (1975), my favourite independent film of all time.
The documentary also focuses on Corman receiving the Honorary Oscar for all his work with aspiring filmmakers. He’s been called a shlockmeister, but his influence on cinema cannot be denied. Roger Corman makes entertaining movies, and no one can ask for more than that.
– John Migliore
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