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Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011)



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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


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Like many of the 400-odd movies Roger Corman has produced and/or directed, Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel has a title that sizzles over content that merely simmers.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The results are solid and educative.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Alex Stapleton's lively, engrossing and enlightening documentary about a career that can be described as surprising on multiple counts.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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To fresh eyes, Corman's World may feel more like a meal; to the rest of us, it's merely a glance at the menu.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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The funniest thing about Corman -- it's a joke he's in on -- is the disparity between the movies he makes and the precise, polite, almost scholarly demeanor he projects.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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An excellent introduction to a director equally adept at following his own vision and nurturing those of others.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Surprisingly, there's a very sour tone to "Corman's World" that undercuts a lot of the attempts to look back at Roger Corman's films with a laugh and a nostalgic gleam.

April 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

[I]f it doesn't offer anything new to our understanding of Corman, as filmmaker, producer, or person, it nicely encapsulates his legacy...

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

At one point in this joyful documentary, Jack Nicholson discusses the countless cheapies produced by Roger Corman and cracks, "By mistake, he actually made a good picture every once in a while."

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Along the way this documentary interviews the likes of Nicholson, Ron Howard and (of course) Corman himself. Add some scarce footage and you've got a winner that is sure to please die-hard fans as well as newbies.

April 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Almost any documentary on Roger Corman would be fascinating, and Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, directed by Alex Stapleton, is certainly that.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Entertaining and informative, whetting the appetite for a more in-depth exploration of Corman's body of work.

March 26, 2012 Full Review Source:

A well-earned and affectionate spotlight on a man who, let's face it, is one of the most impressive film producers who ever lived.

February 29, 2012 Full Review Source: FEARnet

Great clips and interviews with, among others including Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and William Shatner.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

None of it gets us anywhere truly close to the beating heart of an essentially retiring figure.

February 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It records the ingenuity, daring and innovation that went into his productions and drove him to create his own studio and distribution company and to take his career into his own hands.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A frustrating documentary about a frustrating man.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A movie buff's delight.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A supremely watchable documentary-tribute to the exploitation king Roger Corman.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

A comprehensive look at the extraordinary career of legendary writer-director-producer Roger Corman, told through the contributions of a dazzling array of talking heads.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Stapleton's structure is fairly by-the-numbers, but with a subject as fascinating (and archival clips as entertaining) as this, the quality is onscreen as soon as you turn on the camera.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: DCist

Yes, it's all straight-forward, no muss filmmaking, but Roger Corman wouldn't want it any other way.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Corman's World is both a pleasure and an energetic primer on the man's work.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

Audience Reviews for Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel

At last Roger Corman gets the credit he deserves. The man is a pioneer, without him cinema wouldn't be what it is today, after all, you can't have A movies with B movies! Everyone comes together to sing his praises too, and so they should, most of them owe him their careers, most noticeably Jack Nicholson who actually breaks down in tears while talking of his friend, in one of the most surprising and genuinely touching moments in film I've seen for a while. It's not all B movie nonsense though, with films like The Intruder and the fact he helped directors like Fellini, Kurosawa and Bergman get their films shown in the US, he was a serious figure in the history of film making and cinema, fighting for what he believed in. Sure he missed out on some big successes but mostly it's because people have been ripping off his ideas for decades, something he seems to be doing in return, but that's Hollywood.
September 18, 2014

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Roger Corman is the king of low budget cinema. He is responsible for exposing film fans to many of the industry's most legendary names such as Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Ron Howard. This is a must see documentary for cinema fans, even if you're not a fan of Corman's, just give it a shot because I think he's one of the most important figure in cinema. The film features great interview with the actors that have worked with him, directors that he's helped across the way and other directors that have been influenced by Corman's work. This is a well crafted documentary that is among the finest that I've seen in quite some time. The film takes a look at his cinematic legacy and his unique style in entertaining audiences. His films are a wonderful and his knack to entertain viewers is something special. As a fan of his work, I really enjoyed the film, and I think anyone that is interested in a forgotten part of film history might so too. The film is very entertaining and insightful and will definitely enjoy this documentary. If you enjoy documentaries, this is one worth seeing. The subject is very interesting, and is one that deserves more exposure. Over the course of his career, Roger Corman has made over 400 films ranging from a variety of genres. He is able to thrill audiences looking for something ridiculous and fun, with barely any budgets for his pictures. He is one of the few in the industry that understands that you can pull off something really good with some basic ideas. He also exposed us and launched the careers of some film legends, if you really want to watch a well made documentary about a great film icon, then this is for you.
October 25, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I'm so glad a documentary like this exists. It perfectly represents the brilliance of Corman's passion, in that he never gives up and makes movies for the sheer joy of it. By tackling films with low budgets, he always comes out on top. Best of all, his films were the starting blocks for many huge talents such as Jack Nicholson. When Nicholson talks, you feel nothing but love and respect, when he breaks down into tears it's truly an open and beautiful moment of a man who usually keeps his cool. In other areas we get anecdotes of just how cheaply Corman makes his movies and how he has inspired many directors since. Most interesting of all is when it talks about Corman's more serious projects such as The Intruder. It is certainly a celebration of Corman and his finest achievements, though I wish it had gone into more detail as to why he hasn't directed in over 20 years, and covered more of his recent outputs as producer. You have to see this if you love film, and you'll certainly have plenty to stick on your watchlist.
July 29, 2012

Super Reviewer

"Some men dream of conquering the world. Roger Corman created his own."

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

March 31, 2012
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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    1. Ron Howard: After Grand Theft Auto premiered on television Roger said to me 'This makes your 7.5% look really good. And my 92.5% look damn wonderful!'
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