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King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017)

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A feature length documentary on the acclaimed work and eclectic career of maverick filmmaker Larry Cohen (BLACK CAESAR, GOD TOLD ME TO, Q THE WINGED SERPENT, THE STUFF, PHONE BOOTH)

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Credited cast:
J.J. Abrams ... Himself
Rick Baker ... Himself
Eric Bogosian ... Himself
Richard J. Brewer Richard J. Brewer ... Himself
Jon Burlingame ... Himself
Barbara Carrera ... Herself
Larry Cohen ... Himself
Joe Dante ... Himself
James Dixon ... Himself
F.X. Feeney F.X. Feeney ... Himself
Robert Forster ... Himself
Megan Gallagher ... Herself
Mick Garris ... Himself
Paul Glickman Paul Glickman ... Himself
Frederick King Keller Frederick King Keller ... Himself
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A feature length documentary on the acclaimed work and eclectic career of maverick filmmaker Larry Cohen (BLACK CAESAR, GOD TOLD ME TO, Q THE WINGED SERPENT, THE STUFF, PHONE BOOTH)

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14 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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IT'S STILL ALIVE
29 August 2018 | by js-66130See all my reviews

A lifelong (anti) Hollywood hustler, Larry Cohen relishes recounting some of the fabulous tales that make up his subversive career. And what a career!

As a prolific writer, Cohen penned scripts for numerous television (remember television?) shows in the sixties (The Fugitive!), and soon the big screen bug bit, and Larry succumbed. Perturbed at losing creative control to others, Cohen began a string of independent films with a gonzo attitude and a very tight wallet, berthing such B-movie classics like "Bone" (aka: "Dial Rat for Terror"), "Q: The Winged Serpent" and "It's Alive". Even though those movies are quite, uh, unique, there's no denying the spirit of their cinematic father.

Cohen often worked directly on location, with no permits, using the unsuspecting public during his guerilla shoots, adding a decidedly unpredictability wow factor to many of his wildly uneven films.

"King Cohen" takes a fanboyish documentary peek at one of Hollywood's true, overlooked treasures. Glowing accounts from bigwigs like Martin Scorsese and J.J. Abrams, are interspersed with fond filming recollections from actors Michael Moriarty and Fred Williamson, but most importantly is Larry himself, who remains a crackerjack trove of crazy ideas. Well worth the watch.


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