Detroit Film Theatre

FREEP FILM FESTIVAL: Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Friday, March 21, 2014

9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(US/2011—Directed by Alex Stapleton)

Detroit-born Roger Corman may moved away before he was a teenager, but he took his Midwest auto town work ethic to Hollywood, producing or directing over 300 movies since the mid-1950s. In movies like Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Angels and a critically acclaimed series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, Corman employed guerilla-style, assembly-line techniques to make movies that came in way under budget and earned high profits at the box office, especially the drive-in. Full of unforgettable clips from his films, Corman’s World shows the filmmaker today in his mid-80s, still working, but mostly focuses on his storied past, when he gave superstar actors and filmmakers their first screen credits. Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Bruce Dern, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, William Shatner, Peter Bogdanovich and Robert De Niro give often hilarious testimony. The movie also explores how Corman, through his New World Pictures in the 1970s, brought key works from Akira Kurosawa, Francois Truffaut, Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman to mainstream audiences. Ultimately it examines the Corman paradox: how such a soft-spoken, articulate man could put his name on titles like Teenage Caveman and Sharktopus. (125 min.)