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Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  2 September 2007 (USA)
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Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios. Raised by his mother and his aunt, his films often ... See full summary »

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Voice of Val Lewton (voice)
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Himself - Interviewee
Glen Gabbard ...
Himself - Interviewee (as Dr. Glen Gabbard)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa ...
Himself - Interviewee
Val E. Lewton ...
Himself - Interviewee
Alexander Nemerov ...
Himself - Interviewee
Ann Carter ...
Herself - Interviewee (as Ann Carter Newton)
Geoffrey O'Brien ...
Himself - Interviewee
Jacques Tourneur ...
Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
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Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
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(archive footage) (as Nazimova)
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Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios. Raised by his mother and his aunt, his films often included strong female characters who find themselves in difficult situations and who have to grow up quickly. He is best remembered for the horror films he made at RKO starting in 1940. Starting with only a title - his first was The Cat People - he would meticulously oversee every aspect of the film's completion. Although categorized as horror films, his films never showed a monster, leaving it all to the viewers imagination, assisted by music, mood and lighting. Written by garykmcd

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A Great Documentary.
1 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Martin Scorsese (my all time favorite film director) narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios.

Having just watched this documentary only a few days ago, I have become very curious into seeing a lot of Val Lewton's movies. I wanted to watch this documentary considering the fact that it is narrated by Martin Scorsese, but I soon lost my focus on Scorsese and began getting more into the documentary. Val Lewton was really something, producing all of these movies that look like b-movies, but when you take a good look and watch a few of them, they are actually quite good. I have seen a few of the movies mentioned in this documentary, my favorite of them being The Bodysnatcher, starring Boris Karloff. I'll repeat what I said, Val Lewton was a very unusual man, but he certainly was interesting as well.

Val Lewton was one of those people who that once you watch one of the movies that he did, you will want to watch them over and over again, he really was something great, I have a desire to see more of his movies.

Well in short, this is a great documentary feature, I enjoyed it for quite a number of reasons, one is the fact that it is narrated and produced by my personal favorite film director, that man is the great Martin Scorsese. And I also enjoyed it for the type of person that Val Lewton was, as well as what he produced. I have taken a big interest in him and his movies. That man was an odd fellow, but he was also quite an interesting fellow as well. I have heard some very positive things about Cat People, and I have seen The Bodysnatcher. I have to see more of his movies. So all in all, this is a documentary feature that you might want to watch. Who knows, when you watch it, you might also become very interested with Val Lewdon.

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