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It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures (2001)

A 60-minute salute to American International Pictures. Entertainment lawyer Samuel Z. Arkoff founded AIP (then called American Releasing Corporation) on a $3000 loan in 1954 with his ... See full summary »
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A 60-minute salute to American International Pictures. Entertainment lawyer Samuel Z. Arkoff founded AIP (then called American Releasing Corporation) on a $3000 loan in 1954 with his partner, James H. Nicholson, a former West Coast exhibitor and distributor. The company made its mark by targeting teenagers with quickly produced films that exploited subjects mainstream films were reluctant to tackle. From monsters to beach parties to cycle gangs to the psychedelic youth, many film clips are shown, highlighting the company's successful twenty-five year run in Hollywood. Interviewees include Arkoff, Nicholson (archive footage), Peter Bogdanovich, Bob Burns, Herman Cohen, Roger Corman, Dick Dale, Joe Dante, David Del Valle, Bruce Dern, Roger Ebert, Beverly Garland, Pam Grier, Susan Hart, James L. Honore, Al Kallis, Aron Kincaid, Mark Thomas McGee, Dick Miller, and Burt Topper. Written by alfiehitchie

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Great documentary on AIP
28 May 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

It's nice to see American Internationsl Pictures get their due like this. AIP truly resurrected the movies business during a time when TV was making inroads and Hollywood was severely threatened. The teenage market had been all but ignored and AIP filled that gap and the rest, as they often say, is history. Many clips are included, old beloved trailers and interviews with many people including Roger Corman, Bruce Dern and the surviving half of the team at the helm, Samuel Z. Arkoff present a great picture of the studio and it's place in movie history. This documentary is almost too short and is definately worth seeking out and seeing. It would go well sandwiched in between a couple of AIP's 1950s classic movies to make a mini-film festival in your home.


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