I first came across Roger Corman in the wonderful Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood documentary that came out in 2003. It’s based on Roger Biskand’s 1998 book of the same name, and it really is a must watch if you haven’t already seen it.
While you may not have heard of him, you have certainly seen countless films influenced by his carefree approach to film production. While his IMDB lists a RIDICULOUS 398 production credits for the 85-year-old (seriously, check out this list…), he is probably best known for the “Corman Film School”. He helped give guys like Scorcese, Coppola, Bogdanovich, Cameron, Demme, Hanson and Howard a foot in the door. A proper bit of a legend, in an industry where that word is incredibly over-used.
This year’s Sundance Film Festival saw the premiere of Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel. Since then it has done the rounds at Cannes and New York and will find its way into North American theatres on December 16th with a limited release from Anchor Bay. It’s not on the Academy Award documentary shortlist, but the list of talent involved – Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Quentin Tarantino, Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, David Carradine to name a few – means it’s sure to get a few people in the door.
Check out the trailer below and there’s a nice hi-res copy of the poster on Fandangdo.
If only Toronto’s original home of b-movies and new home of documentaries, The Bloor Cinema was finished being renovated in time time to see this baby…