CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL
Blue jeans, sock-hops and drive-in movies: the Fifties were America’s “age of innocence.” But stalking the depths of its post-nuclear bliss, mass paranoia became fuel for Joseph McCarthy’s brand of “Red Scare” terror propaganda. Bomb shelters were a deluxe feature in every American home, government-sponsored educational reels promised an imminent nuclear threat from across the Atlantic, and Hollywood, Babylon of the western world, hung on the brink of collapse.
It was here, in the last-ditch machinations of a dying juggernaut, that a mild-mannered, civil engineer’s son would become the most inﬂuential force in modern movie making. CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL tracks the triumphant rise of Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director producer, the true “godfather” of independent ﬁlmmaking.
Over the next six decades, Corman would self-ﬁnance hundreds of proﬁtable, low-budget pictures and launch the careers of Hollywood’s biggest talents including Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and James Cameron. But by the late 70’s Corman’s world of exploitation would collapse when the giant studio system beat him at his own game. With more money and more power the studios recruited Corman’s roster of directors and began making bigger budgeted exploitation ﬁlms. The giants “out-cormaned Corman”, and banished him forever to the land of straight to video schlock.
Corman’s World takes us back to the days when Corman was King and a catalyst for the youth movement across the country in the 50’s and 60’s by featuring archival footage of American culture and countercultures from the 1950’s to present day along with dynamic interviews with alumni of Corman’s cutthroat school of ﬁlmmaking.
The film also shows the rise of the Corman renaissance with interviews with Indiewood’s new school of ﬁlmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson and Eli Roth; and reality-based footage following Corman, present day, as he continues to successfully produce and distribute ﬁlms outside the studio system: fast, cheap and out-of-this-world!
2011 Cannes Classics
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As a devout cinephile, Stapleton is a contributing film columnist for various publications such as Flaunt, Tokion and The New Cinema. She also recently hosted a film Television series, The American Revolutionaries, on The Ovation Network. Stapleton also produced Just For Kicks (Canal Plus/MTV Networks), a documentary on the urban sneaker culture, that premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival in 2004.
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