Sunday, June 9, 2024

Reading: Roger Corman (Gray)

With Roger Corman's passing last month at the age of 98, this big fan of the prolific director and producer went for the bookcase. Sitting among my film & television-themed books sat Roger Corman: an Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking (Beverly Gray, 2000). While I reread it a few summers ago, it was time to dig back in.

What a brilliant guy. The Intruder (1962) and The Masque of the Red Death (1964) are two favourite films of mine. They illustrate how, as director and Corman alumni member Jonathan Demme once said, that when he wanted to be, Corman was an excellent director. No kidding.

As a producer and studio exec, of his own studio, he kept on going: through many decades, to the day he died.

Gray's book is a warts-and-all telling of her years working for the man. Through extensive interviews with many others who worked for the man at some point in the breadth of years, notes and memories are discussed, compared, and decoded.

"And to all my fellow Roger Corman alumni who've gone on to make a difference in the film industry."


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