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Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmakingby Beverly Gray
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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- St. Martin's Press
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- 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.08(d)
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