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Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)

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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Martin Scorsese ... Narrator (voice)
Elias Koteas ... Val Lewton (voice)
Orson Welles ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Val E. Lewton Val E. Lewton ... Self - Son of Val Lewton
Alexander Nemerov Alexander Nemerov ... Self - Author of 'Icons of Grief'
Roger Corman ... Self
Glen Gabbard Glen Gabbard ... Self - Author of 'Psychiatry and the Cinema' (as Dr. Glen Gabbard)
Jacques Tourneur ... Self (archive footage)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa ... Self
Geoffrey O'Brien Geoffrey O'Brien ... Self - Author of 'The Phantom Empire'
Ann Carter ... Self (as Ann Carter Newton)
Robert Wise ... Self (archive footage)
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Edith Atwater ... (archive footage)
Ben Bard ... (archive footage)
Edith Barrett ... (archive footage)
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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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The podcast series 'The Secret History Of Hollywood' is entirely about Val Lewton; it does not only handle his movie-making life but also his private life. The series handles all of Lewton's relations to other producers, studios, studio owners, actors, writers, and everything in-between. See more »

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Scorcese Analyzes Admires Fabulous World of Lewton
14 January 2008 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

Strange how sometimes one does not always see what others see. That is the germ of the artist.

Scorcese clearly delves deeply into the world of Val Lewton, practically an unknown artist in the golden era of the movies which was sadly unlauded sufficiently during his law.

We see what so many of us probably didn't see or were not able to analyze as adeptly as Scorcese in Lewton's work. Certainly, these are not the grade A pictures we all know about, but Scorcese thrusts them into their well-deserved prominence by explaining how really fabulous Lewton's falsely relegated B-pictures they were. Sure they were low budget - but WHAT Lewton did was nothing short of miracles of mood, suspense and mystery, contrast and hue and the deep character development which exists within a movie and not necessarily a protagonist. We are shown, and it is explained just how Lewton worked his magic with shoestring budgets.

I've seen some of these movies, but never in this way...and after this, I will always bring with me the wonderful aura of the prodigious talent of Val Lewton.


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2 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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