With the rise of B-movie documentaries like Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed, and American Grindhouse, it only makes perfect sense that the true “King of the B’s”, Roger Corman, would finally be the subject of his own well-deserved documentary. When it comes to B-movies, it truly is Corman’s World.
Without Roger Corman in the director and producer’s chair, the world of cinema would be without a huge number of cult classics and not-so-classics. Without Roger Corman’s own version of filmmaking boot camp giving many writers, directors, and actors their big break, the world of cinema might be without Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, John Sayles, Paul Bartel, Gale Anne Hurd, Joe Dante, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Robert De Niro, and Jack Nicholson; and that’s just to name a few.
Director Alex Stapleton weaves archival footage following Corman’s illustrious career from his early days of genre-defining classics including the original Fast and Furious, the original Little Shop of Horrors, The Crybaby Killer, The Intruder, House of Usher, and The Wild Angels (which at that point in 1966 was his 100th film) to present-day video of him and his wife, Julie, on location, still at work as they continue to produce and distribute films outside the studio system: fast, cheap and out-of-this-world!
Two years ago the Motion Picture Academy honored Corman with an honorary Oscar. This year he’s being honored with his own documentary entitled Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
Alex Stapleton’s documentary assembles a veritable who’s who as it celebrates the life and career of a filmmaker who got his start in the 1950’s making low-budget monster movies for the drive-in audience and still today continues to churn out low-budget monster movies for the Syfy audience.
The doc is set for limited theatrical release beginning December 16th by Anchor Bay Films, no doubt to put it in contention for a possible Best Documentary Oscar nomination. How ironic would it be if the movie chronicling the life of a man whose movies never came close to Oscar caliber was itself deemed Oscar caliber?
I don’t know about that, but the trailer and poster sure make it look like it’s going to be as fun as it will be informative.
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