With a filmography as vastly unpredictable as his inner psyche, Roger Corman has been, and still continues to be, one of the most influential juggernauts in Hollywood filmmaking. A present-day living legend fully explored in documentarian Alex Stapleton‘s 2011 Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel. Official synopsis can be read as follows:
“Blue jeans, sock-hops and drive-in movies: the Fifties were America’s age of innocence. But stalking the depths of its post-nuclear bliss, mass paranoia became fuel for Joseph McCarthy’s brand of Red Scare terror propaganda. Bomb shelters were a deluxe feature in every American home, government-sponsored educational reels promised an imminent nuclear threat from across the Atlantic, and Hollywood, Babylon of the western world, hung on the brink of collapse. It was here, in the last-ditch machinations of a dying juggernaut, that a mild-mannered, civil engineer’s son would become the most influential force in modern moviemaking. Corman’s World tracks the triumphant rise of Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director-producer, the true godfather of independent filmmaking.”
Trailer at the bottom of the page, along with an extensive ~32 minutes interview. Enjoy!
Corman’s World trailer.
In-depth interview with Roger Corman, Julie Corman, and Alex Stapleton.