Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking Beverly Gray

ISBN: 9781580631464

Published: May 1st 2000

Hardcover

288 pages


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Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking  by  Beverly Gray

Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking by Beverly Gray
May 1st 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 288 pages | ISBN: 9781580631464 | 6.19 Mb

Film director Roger Corman isnt like anybody. Yes, he comes from a good Catholic family- hes urbane- he hires well-educated people almost exclusively- hes a devoted father. But he also makes exploitation films on a volume basis. Hes producedMoreFilm director Roger Corman isnt like anybody.

Yes, he comes from a good Catholic family- hes urbane- he hires well-educated people almost exclusively- hes a devoted father. But he also makes exploitation films on a volume basis. Hes produced (and/or directed) over 400 of them filled with images of blood-sucking vampires, rampaging biker gangs, vigilante strippers, and aliens who want to get close to us.

(Its not that hes vulgar, by the way. When, as a sideline, he began to distribute European art films, he showed impeccable taste.) He makes these films quickly and as cheaply as he can. So its quantity and style that set Roger Corman apart. And a third thing: Corman has made a profit on virtually every film hes produced.Long story short, for thirty years Corman has been a legend to independent filmmakers. Corman was the first Tarantino- he made Sundance possible.

And hes been more than a good example to neophytes -- hes often employed them. The list of Corman proteges reads like a Whos Who of the film industry -- John Sayles, James Cameron, Dennis Hopper, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jonathan Demme to name but a few. In the new century the Internet and cable will make it much, much easier for the independent filmmaker to get an audience. Cormans speed, thrift, and timeliness will become the industry standard.



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