Movie Review: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

By Stephen Rebello

One of the greatest men in film is immortalized in a new documentary.

Director: Alex Stapleton MPAA Rating: R Studio: Anchor Bay Films

Reigning six unchallenged decades as Hollywood’s sultan of schlock and its legendary “King of the Killer B’s,” the astoundingly prolific, highly influential director-producer-distributor Roger Corman has been way overdue as the subject of a documentary. Still working well into his 80s, Corman and his 50-odd, ultra low-budget, one-take wonder cult classic hits like A Bucket of Blood, Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Little Shop of Horrors and The Masque of the Red Death finally get that well-deserved big screen treatment in a loving, entertaining, good-humoured rundown of his life and accomplishments.

The movie, crisply directed by Alex Stapleton and co-written by Stapleton and Gregory Locklear, features lots of fun clips and commentary by such blue ribbon talking heads whose careers were either launched or given a boost by Corman, notably Jack Nicholson (particularly moving and emotional), Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, William Shatner, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme and others.

There has always been more to the innovative, run-and-gun, D.I.Y. moviemaker-showman than blood, ballistics and bosoms, as this French kiss of a movie proves. After all, he directed an impassioned, powerful 1961 film about racism, The Intruder (his only money-loser, of course). And it is because of his good taste and business know-how that 70s films from Fellini and Bergman got released in the U.S. Today, though the movie business has marginalized him and his brand, Corman is a touchstone figure to many and the trim, efficient Corman’s World puts him and his world in clear, affectionate perspective.


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