Roger Corman

Guest of honour

Roger Corman is the guest of honour of FIDMarseille this year, and this is a major event in more ways than one. First, because Roger Corman is a prolific director with an impressive filmography of almost sixty films, tackling all genres, registers and aesthetic codes since 1955, who has always nurtured a rapport of trust and understanding with his audience, either mainstream or art-house. But also because Roger Corman has been an amazingly curious, efficient and groundbreaking producer: he has produced – notably with legendary New World Pictures, which he created – more than 400 pictures, including Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme or Joe Dante’s first films, and overall, anything that was new, different or independent, like Peter Bogdanovich, Monte Hellman, Martin Scorsese or Raoul Ruiz, to name but a few. He has also been a tireless distributor of the best in world cinema: Fellini, Bergman, Truffaut, etc., even though the American audience notoriously has difficulty opening up to other film cultures. Finally, Roger Corman has also acted in films by Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders, Jonathan Demme, Wes Craven and many others. Roger Corman totally embodies cinema and its various crafts, in all their diversity, richness and complexity. And so we will have the opportunity to watch in his company a selection of about twenty films that he has either directed or produced.