Roger Corman Retrospective

Roger Corman & Co, a wild angel in Hollywood.
             
RogerCorman   Corman2
             
For its 28th edition, FIDMarseille has chosen to put the spotlight on Roger Corman, who will come in person to present a retrospective of films that he has directed or produced since the mid-1950s. Of course, the retrospective will not be exhaustive, as M. Corman has directed more than fifty films and produced hundreds of them, thus ensuring a legacy beyond his film work: a record – even a legend. His legend is that of a splendid maverick of genre films who has shot a great number of films that combined art and unbridled imagination, and that were both irreverent and unassuming, like his acclaimed series of loose adaptations of Edgar Poe starring Vincent Price, Ray Milland, Peter Lorre and Barbara Steele, which he co-wrote with screenwriter Richard Matheson.His legend is also that of a filmmaker who has single-handedly taken over B movies, a genre which had been forsaken by the major studios, and who has paved the way for the new waves and their joyous quest for an improvised, wordy and wily form of cinema. Peter Fonda or Jack Nicholson easily acknowledge what New Hollywood owes to Roger Corman, who has helped launching their careers. Not to mention, as far as actors are concerned other American movie stars like Pam Grier, Sylvester Stallone, David Carradine, or Charles Bronson, to name a few. Roger Corman has invented a kind of modernist B movie, a formula Tarantino remembered when he made Death Proof. It makes even more sense considering how Corman has also distributed masterpieces of contemporary European cinema, and even showed Cries and Whispers in a drive-in, which Bergman was thrilled to hear. “He exploited us as much as we exploited him”, is what many directors have to say about Corman, who gave them the opportunity to direct their first feature film, provided that they abode by the rules of his New World Pictures company. The list includes Coppola (Dementia 13), Scorsese (Boxcar Bertha), Bogdanovich (Targets), Dante (Piranha), Hellman (The Shooting), Demme (Caged Heat), among so many others.
             
             
A BUCKET OF BLOOD /
UN BAQUET DE SANG
Roger Corman
USA / 1959 / 66'
  BLOODY MAMA
Roger Corman
USA / 1970 / 90'
  THE INTRUDER
Roger Corman
USA / 1962 / 84'
  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS /
LA PETITE BOUTIQUE DES HORREURS
Roger Corman
USA / 1960 / 70'
             
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH /
LE MASQUE DE LA MORT ROUGE
Roger Corman
USA, UK / 1964 / 90'
  THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM /
LA CHAMBRE DES TORTURES
Roger Corman
USA / 1961 / 80'
  THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE /
L'AFFAIRE AL CAPONE
Roger Corman
USA / 1967 / 100'
  THE TERROR /
L'HALLUCINÉ
Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola (Uncredited dir collab), Monte Hellman (Uncredited dir collab), Jack Hale (Uncredited dir collab), Dennis Jacob (Uncredited dir collab), Jack Nicholson (Uncredited dir collab)
USA / 1963 / 81'
             
THE WILD ANGELS /
LES ANGES SAUVAGES
Roger Corman
USA / 1966 / 93'
  X : THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES /
L'HORRIBLE CAS DU DOCTEUR X
Corman Roger
USA / 1963 / 80'
       
             
BOXCAR BERTHA /
BERTHA BOXCAR
Martin Scorsese
USA / 1972 / 88'
 

CAGED HEAT! /
5 FEMMES À ABATTRE
Jonathan Demme
USA / 1974 / 83'
Print source : Institut Jean Vigo (France)

  DEATH RACE 2000 /
LA COURSE À LA MORT DE L'AN 2000
Paul Bartel
USA / 1975 / 80'
  DEMENTIA 13
Francis Ford Coppola
USA / 1963 / 72'
             
NIGHT TIDE /
MARÉE NOCTURNE
Curtis Harrington
USA / 1961 / 84'
  PIRANHA /
PIRANHAS
Joe Dante
USA / 1978 / 92'
  TARGETS /
LA CIBLE
Peter Bogdanovich
USA / 1968 / 90'
  THE SHOOTING /
LA MORT TRAGIQUE DE LELAND DRUM
Monte Hellman
USA / 1966 / 82'
             
THE VELVET VAMPIRE
Stephanie Rothman
USA / 1971 / 80'
           
             
             
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