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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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The Rise of AIP
13 December 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

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

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Peter Bogdanovich narrates this 56-minute documentary that takes a look at the impact Jim Nicholson and Sam Arkoff had on Hollywood when their tiny studio AIP broke through and captured the spirit and dollars of the American teenager. Arkoff as well as Roger Corman, Roger Ebert, Bruce Dern, Joe Dante, Pam Grier, Susan Hart, Dick Miller, Aron Kincaid, Beverly Garland, David Del Valle and Herman Cohen are among the people interviewed.

If you're a fan of AIP then this here is a must-see documentary because it features so many people that were involved in the actual production of these movies. The film does an excellent job at talking about how Nicholson and Arkoff managed to start with nothing and grow the company into such a big item. It also does a wonderful job at talking about the type of films that they were making and how stuff like I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF and BEACH PARTY were just what paying teens wanted.

The interviews are all extremely good and especially the stuff dealing with Corman as well as Ebert talking about these movies. There's no question that the documentary could have been longer but this here is the perfect way to be introduced to the studio. It'll also make you want to go back and watch the films that these two men created.


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