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

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Pioneering film director Roger Corman is a fascinating study in contrasts. A flamboyant artist, the original king of the exploitative film has filled his movies with images of blood-sucking vampires, rampaging biker gangs, vigilante strippers, and abducting aliens. A coldly efficient businessman, Corman has produced over 400 to 500 films on shoestring budgets, all on his own terms, and has seen nearly every one of his projects make money.

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Pioneering film director Roger Corman is a fascinating study in contrasts. A flamboyant artist, the original king of the exploitative film has filled his movies with images of blood-sucking vampires, rampaging biker gangs, vigilante strippers, and abducting aliens. A coldly efficient businessman, Corman has produced over 400 to 500 films on shoestring budgets, all on his own terms, and has seen nearly every one of his projects make money.

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. On close inspection, The list of Corman proteges reads like a who's who of motion pictures - John Sayles, James Cameron, Dennis Hopper, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jonathan Demme to name just a few.

Author Beverly Gray, Roger Corman's story editor and development executive for nearly a decade, takes you behind the cameras and into the heart of Cormanville for a first-hand, insider's look at the man and the mogul. From his humble beginnings in Detroit to present day, Gray traces the career of her legendary former boss. Interviews with eighty friends and associates of Roger Corman's provide a comprehensive private and public perspective on this soft-spoken giant of the cinema.

Beverly Gray's long tenure with Roger Corman gave her extraordinary access to many of his former associates. Ms. Gray has been an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California and an instructor for UCLA Extension's screenwriting program. She is currently a freelance journalist for several publications including the Hollywood Reporter. She resides in Los Angeles.

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781580631464
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2001

    The Authoritative Roger Corman

    'Roger Corman, An Unauthorized Biography' by Beverly Gray is a very interesting book. The story is exhaustively documented and is written in a readable, 'can't put it down' style. This educational book manages to also be entertaining. It is well researched and includes many anecdotes rooted in Ms. Gray's personal contact and experience working with Roger Corman. If you want a fascinating look at the 'inside' world of moviemaking this is it.

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