Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers

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The original King of the Exploitation Film, Roger Corman has 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.

In the process, Corman has become the role model for today's independent filmmaker, laying the groundwork for the success of directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez....

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Overview

The original King of the Exploitation Film, Roger Corman has 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.

In the process, Corman has become the role model for today's independent filmmaker, laying the groundwork for the success of directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. This guru with a vision has also demonstrated an uncanny eye for talent, being among the first to recognize and employ the abilities of Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, Ron Howard, John Sayles, and James Cameron to name but a few.

In this updated paperback version of the 2000 edition, Beverly Gray takes you behind the cameras and into the heart of Cormanville for a first-hand, insider's look at the man and the mogul. Interviewing over one hundred of Corman's friends and associates, Gray provides a compelling look at the private and public lives of this soft-spoken giant of the cinema.

About the Author:
Beverly Gray was story editor and development executive at Roger Corman's Concorde-New Horizons Pictures, assisting on some 170 low-budget films. She has been an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California and is currently an instructor for UCLA Extension's screenwriting program as well as a freelance journalist for several Hollywood publications, including the Hollywood Reporter. In 2003, she published Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon . . . and. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Roger Corman is a Hollywood movie making legend in his own lifetime. What is sometimes overlooked is that he was also responsible for launching the film making careers of such luminaries as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, James Cameron, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, and Sylvester Stallone. Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography Of The Godfather Of Indie Filmmaking is the thorough, informative, illuminating, at times inspiring life of a unique, one-of-a-kind film directors who has fifty low-budget movies to his credit, and who has producers almost five hundred more! This is one well-written, meticulously researched Hollywood biography that is a "must read" for all movie fans, film buffs, and show business historians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560255550
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 The Early Years (1926-47)
1 A Boy's Life 21
2 A Gentleman and a Scholar 31
Pt. 2 The American International Pictures Years (1948-70)
3 One for the Money 41
4 Maker of Monsters 57
5 The Rise of the House of Corman 71
6 Angels and Acid 85
Pt. 3 The New World Pictures Years (1970-83)
7 Sunset Boulevard 99
8 Artistic License 115
9 Piranhas and Other Fish Stories 129
10 To the Stars 147
Pt. 4 The Concorde-New Horizons Years (1983-2000)
11 Sex, surprise, and videotape 159
12 Going Places 171
13 Fast-Forward 187
14 Future Tense 199
Epilogue: Winding Down (2000- ) 217
Filmography 230
App. A Some Distinguished Friends and Alumni of the Roger Corman School of Film 242
App. B Art Films 269
Source Notes 273
Bibliography 295
Index 311
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