Thursday, May 04, 2017

Book review - "Roger Corman: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series)" by Constantine Nasr (2011)

Very good collection of interviews with the great Corman. I particularly enjoyed the earlier ones he did before he'd ossified into this great figure - making movies in his prime. Lots of stuff I didn't know, like his dissatisfaction with John Ireland's direction on Fast and the Furious and disliking working with Edward Small on Tower of London.

The book became less effective as it went on and could have done with an edit to remove repetition - we get too many of the same stories, esp about the 60s (Poe, unhappiness with AIP etc). I would've liked more about the less known Corman stuff i.e. post New World. In fairness, maybe Corman is happier to talk about the 50s through to early 80s than after that. Still a worthy addition to Cormon-ology.

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