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How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime
     

How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime

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by Roger Corman
 

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In these pages Roger Corman, the most successful independent filmmaker in Hollywood relates his experiences as the director and/or producer of such low-budget classics Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven, The Man with the X-ray Eyes, The Wild Angels, The Trip, Night Call Nurses, Bloody Mama, Piranha, and many others. He

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In these pages Roger Corman, the most successful independent filmmaker in Hollywood relates his experiences as the director and/or producer of such low-budget classics Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven, The Man with the X-ray Eyes, The Wild Angels, The Trip, Night Call Nurses, Bloody Mama, Piranha, and many others. He also discusses his distribution of the Bergman, Fellini, and Truffaut movies that later won Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. Corman alumni—John Sayles, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, Peter Fonda, Joe Dante, and Jonathan Demme, among others—contribute their recollections to give added perspective to Corman's often hilarious, always informative autobiography.

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A splendidly instructive and entertaining contribution to film history and a quick lesson on the efficient showstring style of filmmaking by a maverick genius of innovation and exploitation. . . . Corman teaches, as well as delights.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Independent filmmaker Corman ('The Beast'; 'The Little Shop of Horrors') wrongly argues here that his is not 'one of the more significant careers in film history.' Having helped launch directors Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich and Martin Scorsese, and actors Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern and Sylvester Stallone, he is certainly one of the motive forces in American movies today. In this revealing autobiography, written with the coauthor of Papa John, Corman tells amazing tales of shooting full-length films in mere days with budgets under $100,000, and states his conviction that cinema is a fusion of art and money -- which explains, he believes, why Americans do it so well. This account of Corman's life and career includes reminiscences by those who have worked with him: performers, directors, assistant producers, writers. The book is a significant contribution to the history of American movies.
Library Journal
Corman has had two careers in Hollywood. From 1955 - 1971, he produced and directed dozens of low-budget science fiction, horror, and action movies, all of them (as the title says) successful. That those films were in less respectable genres was not necessarily to his detriment; as he proudly points out, he was the youngest director given retrospectives at two film archives. In his second incarnation, Corman became an executive whose company nurtured young talent on more low-budget (and high-profit) products, as well as distributing films by Bergman, Fellini, and Truffaut. An amazing career, told here in a disarmingly modest fashion, with 'cameo' comments from Corman alumni (Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola). -- Thomas Wiener, formerly with American Film

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306808746
Publisher:
Da Capo Books
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
659,930
Product dimensions:
0.58(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Roger Corman founded the film company AIP, and has directed and/or produced such low-budget classics as Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven, The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, The Wild Angels, The Trip, Night Call Nurses, Bloody Mama, Piranha, and many others.

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How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
the_protagonist1 More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anybody trying to break into film directing and producing. Even though I never had an opportunity to work for Roger Corman, I still feel like I have learned a lot from this book and from studying his films.<br /> <br /> Review by Curt Wiser Author of BOX CUTTER KILLER.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago