Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Reviews
A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.
Part of what makes his working outside the studio system so important is tackling the material they were unwilling to handle, starting with making films that appealed to the underappreciated youth market in the 1950's. While there was much nudity in his films, he also opened up opportunities for women to fire machine guns. That social conscience would reach its peak with "The Intruder"(which I now want to see) starring William Shatner in his first starring role, about school integration in the south when it was especially timely in 1962. Therefore, a constant refrain in the documentary is that Corman could have made the transition to more prestigious movies(like he did with his Poe adaptations) but that way requires money which leads to compromise which usually means the studios and a lack of control and there are enough cautionary tales on display here to fill a multiplex.
That criticism aside, it's a great film and recommended.
If you're not familiar with Roger Corman or the early exploitation scene I would say CHECK IT OUT just to see where a lot of Hollywood's talent of the last 30 years has started.