Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Reviews
Taking the audience through highlights of his career, countless notable filmmakers and actors share their recollections and appreciations for this documentary's subject. Having discovered/nurtured the talents of the likes of Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Peter Bogdanovich, and Peter Fonda, to name a few, Roger Corman's life proves an interesting tale with no shortage of humorous moments and behind the scenes, film history.
While this documentary could use a bit more focus -- often feeling random, and allowing its (admittedly) illustrious talking heads to veer off on tangents -- one can't help but marvel as these celebrities share their affections for the aging producer (he's still hard at work making movies today). Most, after all, feel they owe their careers to him. Indeed, such constant, glowing sentiments make this film seem less like a documentary and more like some extended, Hollywood awards show tribute. I don't mind this so much, however, because it's all clearly done in earnest. One moment where Jack Nicholson is all but brought to tears when describing his old friend and mentor says all one needs to say about the kind of man Corman is. It humanizes the two of them. It humanizes Hollywood. I liked it.
This film covers his incredible ability to make films with next to nothing & be able to pull it off so outside of the Hollywood studio structure.
He incredibly made over 200 films & he is very interesting man very different in persona to watch he produced.
The title, EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL, perfectly encapsulates Corman's guerrilla style of filmmaking. No permits, no supplies, no time, and no money -- these things were of no concern in the Corman School of learning. Great directors like Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, and Joe Dante were taught to think on their feet -- quite literally, in some cases. Stories of recycled set pieces, run-ins with the cops, and biker brawls come out as Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, and others recall their crazy experiences both on and off set. In the 50s, Corman fought the studios by delivering pure entertainment for audiences to enjoy, films that fought the establishment with their rebellious teen characters. By the late 60s and 70s, Corman broke new ground with THE WILD ANGELS and THE TRIP, embracing the counter-culture movement in an enlightening new way. CORMAN'S WORLD finally recognizes these bold and often dangerous undertakings, which paved the way for future classics like EASY RIDER.
Featuring archived interviews, classic clips, and tons of new footage taken with a wide range of entertaining personalities, CORMAN'S WORLD is an insightful and engaging documentary that film fans are sure to enjoy. The only place where Stapleton falls short is in humanizing his subject, and showing the man behind the movies. We only see brief glimpses into the real Roger Corman through interludes with the director and his wife. The film is otherwise a finely-edited and extensively-researched tribute to one of the greatest producers of all-time.