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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Probably the most telling Roger Corman mantra is the belief that the more money you put in a movie the less artistic imagination there will be in it. It’s easy in retrospect to see this as a sly dig at George Lucas. Indeed Star Wars was Corman’s biggest threat – it subsequently derailed his career and made studios savvy to something he always knew: that you could make even more money out of movies if you put more money into them. And from being the pioneer of low-budget money-making monster flicks and bloody revenge dramas Corman was relegated to the sidelines.
It’s easy to write-off Corman as simply a tasteless exploitative hack of Z-grade movies who has no artistic integrity of his own to speak of, but then that wouldn’t justify the deep-seated admiration he has acquired. This witty, brilliantly entertaining and insightful »
- Oliver Pfeiffer
A one-man movie factory, Roger Corman is now the subject of a film himself. The 'pope of popular cinema' speaks to Xan Brooks in Cannes
Down at the Cannes Marché du Film, the stalls sell monster flicks and "erotical thrillers", gun-toting revenge dramas and a film about a band of kung-fu ninja girls who join a beach volleyball team ("very romantic," insists the sales agent). It is a jumbled, lively place, teeming with circus barkers and recalling a bygone B-movie heyday when you could escort Betty-Sue to the drive-in, watch some screaming teenagers being chomped by a radioactive crustacean and still have change from a dollar. If Roger Corman walked in now, they'd probably hail him as a god.
Instead, I find Corman a little further up the prom, resting his bones in a hotel salon. He explains was up until 3am the night before, attending a reception on Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's yacht, »
- Xan Brooks
2 items from 2011
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