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Friday, November 13, 2009

Culture Zohn Off the C(H)uff: Roger Corman and His Oscar

Corman has always been a shrewd opportunist. He employed people like Coppola and Scorcese because he was getting nascent talent at bargain basement prices. He was not the initial distributor of the films of Fellini, Kurosawa, Truffaut, et al. He picked up the American distribution rights to their films in the '70s after some of their previous films had been commercial failures in the U.S. He got the rights cheaply when other art house distributors weren't buying, distributed them and made a handy profit.

Apart from The Intruder, which coarsely exploits the then topical issue of racial integration and isn't a very good film, none of Corman's other films has much to say about politics, including The Wild Angels and The Trip.

I've enjoyed some of Corman's films and consider him to be an intelligent fimmaker with a modicm of taste and talent, but let's not perpetuate the myth of Corman that has been created by overly fannish writers since the '70s.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


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