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Encyclopedia > Roger Corman
Roger Corman
Born Roger William Corman
April 5, 1926 (age 81)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation film director, producer, screenwriter & actor
Spouse(s) Julie Corman (23 December 1970 - present)

Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926), sometimes nicknamed "King of the Bs" for his output of B-movies (though he himself rejects this appellation as inaccurate), is a prolific American producer and director of low-budget exploitation movies, many of which are some of the most influential movies made. He has apprenticed many now-famous directors, stressing the importance of budgeting and resourcefulness; Corman once joked he could make a film about the fall of the Roman Empire with two extras and a sage bush.[1] If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Detroit redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... The Roman Empire is not the Holy Roman Empire (843-1806). ...

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Biography

Early life

Corman was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Anne and William Corman, an engineer.[2] He received an industrial engineering degree from Stanford University. He began his career in 1953 as a producer and screenwriter, and began directing in 1955. Detroit redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Stanford redirects here. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ...


Career

Until his so-called "retirement" as a director in 1971 (he continued to produce films even after this date) he would produce up to seven movies a year; his fastest film was perhaps The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), which was reputedly shot in two days and one night (supposedly, he had made a bet that he could shoot an entire feature film in less than three days; another version of the story claims that he had a set rented for a month, and finished using it with three days to spare, thus pushing him to use the set to make a new film). This claim is disputed by others who worked on the film, who have called it part of Corman's own myth-building. This article is about 1960 Roger Corman film. ...


Corman is probably best known for his filmings of various Edgar Allan Poe stories at American International Pictures, mostly in collaboration with Richard Matheson as screenplay writer including House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Premature Burial (1962), Tales of Terror (1962) The Raven (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), and The Tomb of Ligeia (1964). All but Premature Burial starred Vincent Price. After the film version of the Raven was completed, he reportedly realized he still had some shooting days left before the sets were torn down and so made another film, The Terror (1963) on the spot with the remaining cast, crew and sets. Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, playwright, editor, literary critic, essayist and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ... The early AIP logo. ... Richard Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, typically of fantasy, horror, or science fiction. ... House of Usher (also known as Fall of the House of Usher) is a 1960 horror movie based on the Edgar Allan Poe story of the same name. ... The Pit and the Pendulum is a 1961 horror film directed by Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luana Anders. ... The Premature Burial is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and published in 1850. ... Tales of Terror is the title of a 1962 horror movie starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone, directed by Roger Corman, which comprised of three sequences each based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe. ... The Raven is a 1963 American motion picture produced and directed by Roger Corman. ... The Masque of the Red Death is a classic 1964 horror film, directed by Roger Corman, based on the short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1842. ... The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) is a horror film, directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. ... Vincent Leonard Price Jr. ... The Terror is a 1963 American horror film produced by Roger Corman. ...


He also directed one of William Shatner's early films, The Intruder (1962). Based on a novel by Charles Beaumont, the film, made for approximately USD $80,000, has become famous for its treatment of segregation and civil rights. William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... The Intruder is a 1962 American film directed by Roger Corman, after a novel by Charles Beaumont, starring William Shatner. ... Charles Beaumont (January 2, 1929 – February 21, 1967) was a prolific U.S. author of speculative fiction and horror short stories, beginning in 1951. ... USD redirects here. ... Racial segregation characterised by separation of different races in daily life, such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a rest room, attending school, going to the movies, or in the rental or purchase of a home. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ...


In 1970, Corman founded New World Pictures which became a small independently owned production/distribution studio, releasing many cult films such Death Race 2000 and Joe Dante film Piranha (1978). Corman eventually sold New World to an investment group in 1983, and later formed Concorde Pictures and later New Horizons. // New World Communications Company Info •This company no longer exists. ... Death Race 2000 is a cult action film directed by Paul Bartel in 1975. ... Joe Dante (born November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and scifi content. ... For the 1995 remake, see Piranha (1995 film). ... New Horizons on the launchpad New Horizons is a robotic spacecraft mission conducted by NASA. It is expected to be the first spacecraft to fly by and study the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons, Charon, Nix and Hydra. ...


Corman did return to the director's chair once after 1971 with Frankenstein Unbound (1990), although this was poorly received. In all, Roger Corman has produced[3] over 300 movies and directed over 50. Frankenstein Unbound is a 1990 horror movie based on Brian Aldiss novel of the same name. ...


A number of noted film directors have worked with Corman, including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme, Donald G. Jackson, Gale Anne Hurd, Carl Colpaert, Joe Dante, James Cameron, John Sayles, Monte Hellman, Paul Barter, George Armitage, Jonathan Kaplan, and Jack Hill. Many have said that Corman's influence taught them some of the ins and outs of filmmaking.[citation needed] In the extras for the DVD of The Terminator, director James Cameron refers to his work for Corman as, "I trained at the Roger Corman Film School." The British director Nicolas Roeg served as the cinematographer on The Masque of the Red Death. Actors who obtained their career breaks working for Corman include Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Michael McDonald, Dennis Hopper, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro. Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (b. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Peter Bogdanovich Serbian Cyrillic Петар Богдановић (born July 30, 1939) is a Serbian-American film director, writer and actor. ... Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944, in Baldwin, New York) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Donald G. Jackson Donald G. Jackson (April 24, 1943 - October 20, 2003) was an American filmmaker who is often referred to in the media as the Ed Wood, Jr. ... Gale Anne Hurd (b. ... Carl Colpaert is an American film director and the founder of Cineville, a production and distribution company based in Los Angeles. ... Joe Dante (born November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and scifi content. ... For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... Photo of John Sayles by Robert Birnbaum John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an independent American film director and writer who frequently takes a small part in his own and other indie films. ... Monte Hellman (born in 1932 in New York City, New York) is an American film director, producer, and film editor. ... Jonathan Kaplan is a US filmmaker who was born on November 25, 1947, in Paris, France. ... Jack Hill (born 1933) is an American film director, noted for his work in the exploitation film genre. ... This article is about the first film in the series. ... Nicolas Jack Roeg, born on August 15, 1928 in London, is an internationally-known cinematographer and film director. ... Cameraman redirects here. ... John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), known as Jack Nicholson, is a three time Academy Award-winning American actor internationally renowned for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... Peter Henry Fonda (born February 23, 1940) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... Michael James McDonald (born December 31, 1964 in Fullerton, California, U.S.) is a comedian and actor currently starring in the sketch comedy MADtv. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946), is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Robert Mario De Niro, Jr. ...


Many of Corman's proteges have rewarded him with cameos in their works. Hence he had cameo performances in such acclaimed films as The Godfather Part II and The Silence of the Lambs. The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 Academy Award-winning film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. ...


His autobiography, titled How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime (ISBN 0-306-80874-9), documents his experiences in the film industry. In 2000, Corman was featured alongside cult filmmakers Harry Novak, Doris Wishman, David F. Friedman and former collaborators, including Sam Arkoff, Dick Miller and Peter Bogdanovich in the documentary SCHLOCK! The Secret History of American Movies, a film about the rise and fall of American exploitation cinema. Harry Novak, the sexploitation king, produced a prolific number of exploitation films from the early 60s to the mid-70s. ... Doris Wishman (July 23, 1912 - August 10, 2002) was an American screenwriter. ... David F. Friedman 24 December 1923 Birmingham, Alabama, USA is an American filmmaker and producer. ... Richard Dick Miller (born December 25, 1928) is an American character actor who has appeared in many films, particularly those produced by Roger Corman, and later in films of directors who started their careers with Corman, including Joe Dante and James Cameron. ... Peter Bogdanovich Serbian Cyrillic Петар Богдановић (born July 30, 1939) is a Serbian-American film director, writer and actor. ...


Corman was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 New York City Horror Film Festival. Corman was the fourth recipient, joining George A. Romero, Tom Savini and Tobe Hooper (who had previously received the award). The New York City Horror Film Festival was established by Michael J. Hein in 2001. ... George Andrew Romero (born February 4, 1940) is an American director, writer, editor and actor. ... Thomas Vincent Savini (born November 3, 1946) is an American actor, stunt man, director and award-winning special effects and makeup artist. ... Tobe Hooper (born Tobias Paul Hooper on January 25, 1943) is an American television and film director best known for his work in the horror film genre, including Lifeforce, Poltergeist, Toolbox Murders and the cult classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). ...


"The Corman Film School"

A number of important and influential filmmakers and actors had their first big break with Roger Corman. The following list is limited to Oscar winners. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Directors

Other major directors from the Corman school have included Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, Jonathan Kaplan, and John Sayles. Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Dementia 13 is a horror thriller released in 1963 by American International Pictures, starring William Campbell, Patrick Magee, and Luana Anders. ... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), known as Jack Nicholson, is a three time Academy Award-winning American actor internationally renowned for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... The St. ... For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... Titanic is a 1997 American romance film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944, in Baldwin, New York) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Caged Heat (alternate title: Renegade Girls) is a 1974 exploitation film in the women in prison genre. ... The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 Academy Award-winning film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, and an Academy Award winning film director, and producer, known for his roles on sitcoms, movies and television. ... US movie poster Ten Qs Radio DJ, played by Don Steele Grand Theft Auto is a 1977 movie made by director Ron Howard. ... A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical film about John Forbes Nash, the Nobel Laureate (Economics) mathematician. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (b. ... Boxcar Bertha (1972), one of acclaimed director Martin Scorseses earliest films, is an extremely loose adaptation of Sister of the Road, the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman (Ben Reitman). ... The Departed is an Academy Award winning 2006 crime thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. ... Peter Bogdanovich Serbian Cyrillic Петар Богдановић (born July 30, 1939) is a Serbian-American film director, writer and actor. ... Joe Dante (born November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and scifi content. ... Jonathan Kaplan is a US filmmaker who was born on November 25, 1947, in Paris, France. ... Photo of John Sayles by Robert Birnbaum John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an independent American film director and writer who frequently takes a small part in his own and other indie films. ...


Partial filmography

  1. Swamp Women (1955)
  2. It Conquered the World (1956)
  3. Not of This Earth (1957)
  4. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
  5. The Undead (1957)
  6. A Bucket of Blood (1959)
  7. The Wasp Woman (1959)
  8. House of Usher (1960)
  9. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
  10. The Last Woman on Earth (1960)
  11. Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
  12. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
  13. The Intruder (1962)
  14. Tales of Terror (1962)
  15. The Raven (1963)
  16. The Terror (1963)
  17. X (1963) (also known as X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes)
  18. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
  19. The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
  20. The Wild Angels (1966)
  21. The Trip (1967)
  22. Bloody Mama (1970)
  23. Gas-s-s-s (1971)
  24. Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
  25. Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

List of films directed by Roger Corman. ... Swamp Women is the first film ever directed by Roger Corman. ... It Conquered the World is a 1956 science fiction film about an alien from Venus trying to take over the world with the help of a disillusioned human scientist. ... Not Of This Earth was a 67-minute, 1957, American, black-and-white science fiction film co-writted by Charles B. Griffith and Mark Hanna and produced and directed by Roger Corman via Los Altos Productions, on contract for distribution by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation. ... Attack Of The Crab Monsters was a 64-minute, 1957, American, black-and-white, science fiction film, written by Charles B. Griffith (also associate producer, and appearing in a small role) and produced and directed by Roger Corman via Los Altos Productions, on contract for distribution by Allied Artists Pictures... The original movie poster The Undead is a 1957 horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Pamela Duncan, Richard Garland, Allison Hayes, and Val Dufour. ... A Bucket of Blood is a 1959 comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Dick Miller. ... The Wasp Woman (Also known by the title The Bee Girl and Insect Woman) is a science fiction movie directed by Roger Corman which was completed in 1959 (though most audiences didnt see the film till the official release on February 12, 1960). ... House of Usher (also known as Fall of the House of Usher) is a 1960 horror movie based on the Edgar Allan Poe story of the same name. ... This article is about 1960 Roger Corman film. ... Antony Carbone and Betsy Jones Moreland, unsure about their future course of action Last Woman on Earth is a U.S. movie of 1960 produced and directed by Roger Corman about an inexplicable incident during which all life on the surface of the earth is killed except for three human... Lovers kiss as the Creature sneaks up behind them. ... The Pit and the Pendulum is a 1961 horror film directed by Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luana Anders. ... The Intruder is a 1962 American film directed by Roger Corman, after a novel by Charles Beaumont, starring William Shatner. ... TALES OF TERROR is a 1962 horror movie starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone, directed by Roger Corman, which comprised of three sequences each based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe. ... The Raven is a 1963 American motion picture produced and directed by Roger Corman. ... The Terror is a 1963 American horror film produced by Roger Corman. ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1963 films | Science fiction films ... The Masque of the Red Death is a classic 1964 horror film, directed by Roger Corman, based on the short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1842. ... The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) is a horror film, directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. ... The Wild Angels (1966) is a Roger Corman film, made on location in Southern California. ... The Trip (1967) is a unique low-budget film released by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles and Big Sur, California in 1966. ... Kate Ma Barker (birth name Arizona Clark) ( c. ... Gas-s-s-s (also known as Gas! or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It) was a 1971 motion picture produced and released by American International Pictures, and was producer Roger Cormans final film for AIP, before leaving to found his own New... Von Richthofen and Brown, also known as The Red Baron is a 1971 film directed by Roger Corman. ... Frankenstein Unbound is a 1990 horror movie based on Brian Aldiss novel of the same name. ...

References

  1. ^ Film as Art: Danél Griffin's Guide to Cinema
  2. ^ Roger Corman Biography (1926-)
  3. ^ One Rock N Roll High School lead to him being namechecked in the Ramones song "It's not my place (in the 9 to 5 world)"[1]

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External links

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Roger Corman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (286 words)
Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926) is an American producer and director of low-budget films.
Corman was born in Detroit, Michigan and received an industrial engineering degree from Stanford University.
Corman did return to the director's chair once after 1971 with Frankenstein Unbound (1990), although this was poorly received.
Bright Lights Film Journal | Roger Corman interview, 1974 (2365 words)
Corman founded New World in 1970; it was his second attempt to control production and distribution (after the ill-fated Film Group, which lasted a couple of years in the early ‘60s).
It was also highly successful, adding to Corman’s millions and firmly establishing his place as the godfather of the "New Hollywood" of the ‘70s with its alumni including Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, Joe Dante, Jack Hill, Jonathan Kaplan, Monte Hellman, Stephanie Rothman, et al.
Corman sold the company in 1983, but New World continues to hold a place in the hearts of trashmeisters and anyone interested in the byways of independent cinema.
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