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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Scorsese Returning to Horror?
 (From FEARnet. 22 November 2011)

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A good documentary on the films of Val Lewton... See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Martin Scorsese ... Narrator (voice)

Elias Koteas ... Voice of Val Lewton (voice)

Roger Corman ... 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)

Robert Wise ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Alla Nazimova ... (archive footage) (as Nazimova)

Simone Simon ... (archive footage)
Ben Bard ... (archive footage)
Sir Lancelot ... (archive footage)
Elizabeth Russell ... (archive footage)
Billy House ... (archive footage)
Skelton Knaggs ... (archive footage)

Richard Dix ... (archive footage)
Frances Dee ... (archive footage)
Tom Conway ... (archive footage)

Anna Lee ... (archive footage)
James Bell ... (archive footage)
Helene Thimig ... (archive footage)
Kate Drain Lawson ... (archive footage)

Ian Wolfe ... (archive footage)
Donna Lee ... (archive footage)
Dewey Robinson ... (archive footage)
Lou Lubin ... (archive footage)
Edith Barrett ... (archive footage)
Abner Biberman ... (archive footage)
Theresa Harris ... (archive footage)
Edith Atwater ... (archive footage)

Jack Holt ... (archive footage)

Alan Napier ... (archive footage)

Evelyn Brent ... (archive footage)

Boris Karloff ... (archive footage)

Henry Daniell ... (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Val Lewton ... Himself (archive footage)
Kent Smith ... Various roles (uncredited) (archive footage)

Orson Welles ... Himself (uncredited) (archive sound)

Directed by
Kent Jones 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kent Jones  written by

Produced by
Mikaela Beardsley .... line producer
Margaret Bodde .... producer
Tom Brown .... executive producer: Turner Classic Movies
Martin Scorsese .... producer
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... executive producer: Sikelia Productions (as Emma Tillinger)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Shepard (director of photography) (as Bobby Shepard)
 
Film Editing by
Kristen Huntley 
 
Art Department
Tony Aramburu .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
James Baker .... sound recordist
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Steuart Pearce .... sound recordist
Reilly Steele .... sound mixer
Philip Stockton .... sound editor
Jimmy Williams .... sound recordist (as James Williams)
 
Visual Effects by
Tony Aramburu .... title design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hirohisa Ota .... additional camerawork
Richard Pearce .... additional camerawork
 
Editorial Department
Mikaela Beardsley .... additional assistant editor
Will Cox .... colorist
Will Cox .... on-line editor
Chris Pressler .... additional assistant editor
Bryan Quinn .... additional assistant editor
Kristin Rodriguez .... additional assistant editor
Tyler H. Walk .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ralph P. Brescia .... legal services
Maria Franzese .... production accountant
Shigehiko Hasumi .... interviewer: Japanese
Arnie Herrmann .... accounting services
Michael Mann .... accounting services
John Migliore .... researcher
Allison Niedermeier .... production associate
Freida Orange .... assistant: Martin Scorsese
Robert Stein .... legal services (as F. Robert Stein)
James Yeagashi .... translator
 
Thanks
Marianne Bower .... special thanks
Scott Brock .... special thanks
Bruni Burres .... special thanks
John Carpenter .... special thanks
Ned Comstock .... special thanks
Nick Damiano .... special thanks
George Feltenstein .... special thanks
Don Fleming .... special thanks
Greg Ford .... special thanks
Amanda Gabbard .... special thanks
Pattie Giordan .... special thanks
Peter Gizzi .... special thanks
Bruce Goldstein .... special thanks
Carter Gunn .... special thanks
Hadley Gwin .... special thanks
Kristen Hassell .... special thanks
Shigehiko Hasumi .... special thanks
Linda Hoaglund .... special thanks
Madoka Imura .... special thanks
Andrézj Jones .... special thanks
Ethan Jones .... special thanks
Tom Karsch .... special thanks
Val E. Lewton .... very special thanks
Bryan McKenzie .... special thanks
Kristen Molina .... special thanks
Stephen Newton .... special thanks
Sandy Patch .... special thanks
Mark Raker .... special thanks
Laura Rosenthal .... special thanks
Nicolas Saada .... special thanks
Richard Schickel .... special thanks
Joel E. Siegel .... very special thanks
Airi Suzuki .... special thanks
Charles Tabesh .... special thanks
David Tedeschi .... special thanks
Tom Weaver .... special thanks
Elizabeth Willis .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Martin Scorsese Presents: Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
USA:77 min
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Certification:
USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Orson Welles' voice is heard narrating the trailer of Citizen Kane (1941) as a brief clip of it is shown.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A good documentary on the films of Val Lewton..., 14 January 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

VAL LEWTON gave us many wonderful horror films throughout the '40s, but at one time he worked as a reader for David O. Selznick and told the producer his feelings about GONE WITH THE WIND: "This is the biggest piece of rubbish I've ever read. You'll be making the biggest mistake of your career if you decide to make this." (paraphrasing, of course). Well, he may never qualify as an accurate prophet, but he did know how to use subtle horror to make films like THE CAT PEOPLE and I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE.

MARTIN SCORSESE narrates this thoughtful documentary on the producer with many interesting film clips from the low-budget horror films that are now considered film classics of their kind by a man who was "drawn to the darkness of the shadow world." He trusted many of his associates when he began filming the features at RKO with men like Jacques Tourneur, Nicholas Musuraca, DeWitt Bodeen, Roy Webb, and later Mark Robson. His films had an hypnotic effect on audiences, providing subtle horror through the power of suggestion.

In private, he was a sensitive man, never fully satisfied with his work or his assignments, but happily married to a woman who understood him and his needs. He was really not tough enough to be a Hollywood survivor and had a few heart attacks before the major one that killed him at the age of 46.

The documentary tells how he ignited the career of BORIS KARLOFF when Karloff was assigned to films like ISLE OF THE DEAD, THE BODY SNATCHERS and BEDLAM. As the war drew to a close, people began to turn away from horror films and Lewton's career began to decline when the defining films of his earlier career were no longer being made.

His low-budget films really were low-budget: for CAT PEOPLE he was given a budget of $150,000, but the film was a huge hit, made a million at the box-office when only A-budget features made as much and stayed in big city theaters longer than CITIZEN KANE that year!

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