‘Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel’

“Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel” will screen at 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tickets are $10.

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Year: 2011
Director: Alex Stapleton
Writer: Alex Stapleton
Running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Cinematographer: Patrick Simpson
Editors: Victor Livinston, Philip Owens
Producers: Alex Stapleton, Mickey Barold, Stone Douglass, Izabela Frank, Jeff Frey
Production company: A&E Indie Films
Film festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival
Rated R; violent images, nudity, language, drug use

Detroit-born Roger Corman 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.”

Corman's World

Corman’s World

Detroit-born Roger Corman is the subject of "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel."

Detroit-born Roger Corman is the subject of “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.”