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Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

score: 
B-
Director: 
Alex Stapleton
Cast: 
Roger Corman, Jack Nicholson, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese
Running Time: 
95
Rated: 
R
Author(s): 

Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Martin Scorsese, William Shatner, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro all have one thing in common: they all got their start in a Roger Corman film.

While most movie fans don't recognize the name, millions of genre fans idolize the man who successfully crafted a style that would pave way for such classics as Jaws and Raven.  Roger Corman is the popcorn selling king, crating over 400 films during the last 60 years, none of which have lost a cent at the box-office.

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel is a full length documentary that dives into the methodology used by Corman as he successfully writes, directs, and produces films that cater to that special niche audience.

Featuring interviews from the likes of Scorsese, Nicholas, Eli Roth, and Paul W.S. Anderson, the film tells Corman's story from an admirers point of view.  You quickly begin to see the love and admiration that the industry has towards the famous director as he unveils just how and why he got into the industry.

Your heart breaks when they reveal the pivotal change in cinema attendance that swept him from his high ranking pedestal, but you wonder just how the industry would be different without his active participation.  His films are unique to say the least, and those who enjoy them have many to feast their eyes upon.  Many actors owe their careers to Corman, and most have not forgotten their roots.

Sadly the film itself will be lost upon the casual viewer.  It takes a die hard fan to appreciate Corman's style of filmmaking, and the same goes for Stapleton's documentary that tells his story.