Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel Shockya.com Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Director: Alex Stapleton
Starring: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, William Shatner and Jack Nicholson
The explicit use of sex, drugs, nudity violence and gore in exploitation films may seem like a great marketing tool to draw in potential audiences, but the genre has often garnered harsh criticisms for its broad overstatement of the issues presented in its movies. However, famed B exploitation writer-director-producer Roger Corman has fearlessly shunned his critics who have condemned his movies and his film-making style. The new documentary ‘Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel,’ which was helmed by Alex Stapleton, succeeds in showcasing the filmmaker’s dedication to making the movies he wants to make. As a result of this devotion, he has gathered a following from the genre’s fans and his fellow directors.
‘Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel’ chronicles the rise and ever-lasting illustrious career of the celebrated filmmaker. The documentary features interviews with such iconic Hollywood filmmakers and actors as Martin Scorsesee, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, William Shatner and Jack Nicholson, who fondly reminisce about their experiences working with Corman. The film also tells how the filmmaker created his cult film empire by capitalizing on undiscovered talent and pushing the boundaries of low budget, independent movies.
Stapleton expertly showcased Corman’s early motivation in working in the film business, and how he still enjoys directing movies today. It was intriguing to see his determination to produce and direct films that he believes in, even if the big studios won’t support them. While Corman is known for, and enjoys, creating campy films, the documentary proves he also wants to reflect on the importance of the day’s most influential societal issues.
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