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Kent Jones (written by)
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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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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)
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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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Trivia:
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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Features My Own True Love (1949)See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Master At Making 'B' Look Like 'A', 17 January 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Val Lewton was another one of these guys (Sol Wurtzel was another) who was terrific at making "A" pictures on a "B" budget. To this day, Lewton's horror films are fairly well-known and receive wonderful notices by critics and film historians.

This look at the somewhat-but-not altogether famous filmmaker is a 77-minute very interesting excursion that was made, I believe, for the Turner Classic Movie (TCM) network, and was aired several times recently (mid January of 2008). I assume it will run numerous times on the network, in future months. Director Martin Scorcese narrates this tale about Lewton, his history and his films.

Some of the comments that particularly caught my ear, made by either Scorcese, Val Lewton's son, or by someone else in here, included:

"His movies moved and spoke to audiences in a different way....Lewton's films were more terror than horror....He was always at odds with his bosses but never satisfied with is own achievements....There is no film footage of him, no voice recordings of him.......He had no inkling he would be remembered by posterity......Many scenes in his films reflected his own phobias and views on life, as an outsider......We are all potentially evil and possible murderers."

Some of Lewton's films are examined in detail, beginning with "The Cat People," followed by "I Walked With A Zombie," "The Leopard Man," "Curse Of The Cat People," and to a lesser extant, films that followed those. It was interesting to hear about his struggles with RKO and his unexpected success later with Boris Karloff in several of his movies ("The Body Snatcher" being his best, in many people's opinion.) We also hear from directors Roger Corman, Jacques Tourneur (who worked with Lewton on a number of films) and the famous Robert Wise.

This is a long documentary - and it is definitely slanted in favor of Lewton - and might have been more effectively edited down to an hour, but still pretty fascinating. I recognized the voice of actor Elias Koteas, who was reading some of the comments Lewton made over the years, almost in dairy or autobiographical form.

Some of the Lewton's film clips shown here will just about give you chills watching them. This man was a master at frightening you with things unseen.

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