Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)
Critic Reviews for Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows
The most fascinating aspect revealed in this documentary is the way Lewton's suppressed emotions were embodied by his cinematic characters ....
Like any good documentary, Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows makes us want to know more....
We may not learn much about who Val Lewton was. We may never truly know what made him tick. And we might find ourselves too engrossed in what we see and hear to even care.
Audience Reviews for Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows
[i]Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows[/i] chronicles the life of low budget filmmaker Val Lewton, who is largely forgotten today, but is considered by many in the movie business to be a pioneer of storytelling, oftentimes creating films superior to the meager allowances tendered to him by the film industry. This documentary suggests that a lot of the films Lewton produced were semi-autobiographical in nature, oftentimes mimicking the discontent of their perpetually depressed creator. I'm not sure if I bought that argument, but this biography did persuade me in one very important way...it made me want to see more of Lewton's movies.
A fascinating documentary about one of the most underrated American filmmakers. It provides background on Lewton while examining each of his films. Scorsese is a superb narrator, the cinephile's companion through history, and the doc makes an essential companion to Warner's phenomenal Val Lewton Horror Collection DVD box.
Never knew about this person or his legacy for a short career until I saw I Walked With A Zombie. Then found out about Scorsese and this documentary. So it was just something to add to the queue and get to, which I decided to finally get to. And this doc is very interesting. I am a little interested in a bit of old hollywood, but so much of it is crap. This, is a great story. But I can say that this is not the most engaging, but strays more toward the artful presentation. Just the final ?scene? of the doc is different from others. However it relies too much on just showing the clips, which I guess is predicated on the fact that Lewton never gave an interview. So, they had to try to get creative. So you need to be a fan of him, his movies, or old Hollywood to really like it. And even there, it can still be passed.
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