Just finished reading a cool book about legendary movie maker Roger Corman titled “Roger Corman: Unathorized Life”. What a guy…
Most call him the “original King of the Exploitation Film”, as he’s done it all – from space monsters to martial arts flicks.
He filled his movies with images of blood-sucking vampires, rampaging biker gangs, vigilante strippers, and abducting aliens, all while producing each of his four-hundred-plus films on a shoestring budget and making a profit on nearly every one.
And in the process of all this, Corman became somewhat a role-model for modern filmmakers. Such names as Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, Ron Howard, James Cameron – they all started off with Corman, who saw their talent and pretty much predicted their path to glory.
There are a lot of books on Corman, this one is the first one I read, everything else before were just news posts, old magazine articles, and such.
Corman had his ups and downs, but he did for “B-movies” what George Romero did for Zombie horror sub-genre in my opinion. IMDB lists around 400 film credits for Corman as producer, and 56 film titles where he is listed as a director – remarkable to say the least.
There are paragraphs in the book, where author Beverly Gray writes (based on the book interviewees) that Corman could have gone further and higher, yet he decided to remain in the land of independents. My personal “thank you” to Corman for doing so.
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