Date finished: 2014-01-12
An entertaining book about Roger Corman's history of film-making. Each chapter covers a different decade through interviews with the actors, directors, and behind-the-camera staff of the era. Corman started his shoestring movie production company in the 1950s, turned to Edgar Allan Poe adaptions and biker pictures in the 60s, and sex-and-violence exploitation in the 1970s. As drive-ins died off and movie theatres become more corporately uniform, he switched to video-only releases in the 1980s and in the 1990s began making deliberately cheesy scifi and soft-core movies. (MST3K fans will recognize some of the Corman titles riffed on the show) A number of actors and directors got their start in Corman productions, such as Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Robert DeNiro, and Joe Dante, and they're largely grateful for the early experience. This is a great book, lavishly illustrated with movie posters and stills, and with good interviews and discussion of Corman's work.
%T Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses %S Roger Corman: King of the B Movies %A Nashawaty, Chris %K film %G ISBN 978-1-4197-0669-1 %I Abrams %C New York %P 250pp %D 2013 %@ 2014-01-12 %* *