Roger Corman: Hollywood’s Wild Angel

A disappointing hour-long profile (1978) of the maverick producer-director by Christian Blackwood that unhappily never strays far from a strictly promotional skim job. The interviews with various Corman regulars and alumniAllan Arkush, Paul Bartel, David Carradine, Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme, Peter Fonda, Ron Howard, Jonathan Kaplan, and Martin Scorseseas well as Corman himself never dig very deeply. And the decision to restrict the film mainly to Corman’s then-recent films leaves many lacunae; early interesting effortssuch as Rock All Night and The Stranger, Corman’s one serious venture into social problems, specifically racism and the civil rights movementgo completely unmentioned. (JR)

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