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How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  278 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In these pages Roger Corman, the most successful independent filmmaker in Hollywood relates his experiences as the director and/or producer of such low-budget classics Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven, The Man with the X-ray Eyes, The Wild Angels, The Trip, Night Call Nurses, Bloody Mama, Piranha, and many others. He also discusses his dis ...more
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Published August 22nd 1998 by Da Capo Press (first published July 28th 1990)
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Andy
If you like trashy movies you have to read this great book written by a man who nobly dropped acid to make sure he replicated the experience correctly for his sleaze classic "The Trip". Lots of dirt on the great Edgar Allen Poe movies he made with Vincent Price and some cool stories about the late, great Beverly Garland, too. Highly recommended.
Sara
Roger Corman is a fascinating personality. He directed and produced controversial movies and bent the rules for the sake of making money, but also for the sake of making a statement about the world as he viewed it.

The one trait I admired most about him was his willingness to let young people prove themselves and to learn under his guidance. It is important to remember that many of those celebrities we take for granted as being rich and famous are only that way because they were given a chance a
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Jim Berkin
Corman's autobio is pretty honest and thoroughly entertaining. He goes into a lot of detail about the nature of maverick indy filmmaking back when the technology did not exist that enables much of it today. Corman writes more like a businessman than a filmmaker, although he sometimes discusses the aesthetic quality of the films he produced & directed - but more often then not, it's about what it took to get the stuff made, marketed & distributed. In other words, it's a great window into ...more
Daniel
I read this book a very long time ago, but came across my old copy in a bin of stored books, and gave it another once-over. it still stands up as a delightful look at the Hollywood industry!

Roger Corman has been a bit of a rogue, a maverick, in Hollywood, producing movies inexpensively (some might say cheaply)and yet always moderately successfully.

Corman is not out to produce the next blockbuster. He is out to do what the industry was initially geared for -- to provide entertainment. It is often
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Mar 20, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: b movie buffs
Shelves: biography, movies
Who needs expensive sets or believable special effects? Just film it fast and keep moving! It may not be good, but it won't be boring. I actually enjoy many of Corman's movies, especially the ones with Vincent Price. If you love cheesy old horror movies, or want to know where Jack Nicholson got his start, this is a fun look at the B movie industry before it went straight to video.
Simon Peters
If you're interested in the process, and the business, of making films, then this is a book for you. Corman has worked with many of the great names of modern cinema before they made it.Scorcese, Jack Nicholson, Coppola, Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme, etc., etc. They contribute testimony to the extent Corman's pragmatic approach to the monster task of making a film informed and educated them in their own careers. Some amusing anecdotes, and masses of information about many many films you may never ...more
Stephen
Roger Corman is a rather remarkable fellow among the many remarkable people who make movies in Hollywood. His influence extends well beyond the 55 movies he directed and the 385 he produced. This is because he mentored young actors like Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda and young directors like Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola and Ron Howard. All of these people (and a number of others) wrote personal reflections about their days working with Corman, which are included in th ...more
Michael
Jan 27, 2010 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Psychotronics fans, aspiring filmmakers, film historians
Recommended to Michael by: Roger Corman
I bought this book waaay back when I was actually working in independent film, but only got around to reading it now. I'm glad it exists. In the independent film world there is a myth that independent filmmaking was introduced in the 1970s and that before that there was nothing. Roger Corman sets the record straight by talking about his own independent filmmaking experience in the 1950s and 60s, and by enumerating every famous independent filmmaker he trained (Demme, Coppola, Scorcese, Dante, Bo ...more
Max Magbee
Modern cinema owes so much to Roger Corman (Hollywood finally realized that as well and awarded him a richly deserved Lifetime Achievement Oscar this past February). Of course he will forever be associated with schlock cinema (giving audiences such hilarious, outrageous and ridiculous titles as The Beast With A Million Eyes, It Conquered The World and Attack of the Crab Monsters, just to name a mere few) along with such widely known stories about how he shot a film (The Little Shop of Horrors) i ...more
Chris
This book could be none other than inspiring and learned experience for anyone wanting to go into film making as a career. Roger Corman has been named the greatest independent filmmaker in the world. He has made and produced well over 500 hundred films and is responsible for the majority of the world's best film director's today.

The story of how he made a hundred movies is about a man who wanted to try out film making and see what it was like. He was a engineering graduate student from Stanford
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Rick Mccray
What does it look like to actually live your dream? What does it feel like to have your dream job that you created for yourself? This is the story of Roger Corman, who was a director for straight to drive-in movies during the 1960's & 1970's and later went on to own a powerful movie distribution company during the 1980's. I loved this book for several reasons. It is a business book with a sneaky counter-culture undertone. He explains that he went to Stanford and planned to become an engineer ...more
Orion
I've made some short films in my time. It's nice to know that you could make a feature with pretty much the same production value. :)
This is full of funny stories, some surprising and some a little shocking. Corman's disdain for the studios and their phony accounting was a great lesson in Hollywood corruption.
My favorite story is the following: An actor/crew member named Beach was helping out on the set of a monster movie. Roger says, "Beach, we need a monster."
"Yeah, Roger. I've heard this WE
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Brenda Osborne
Fascinating book. Roger Corman found a niche and filled it. He let people with no experience direct movies; people like Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard, james Cameron, Jonathon Demme just to name a few. Most of his movies were made for under 1,000,000 in as little as two days and made tons of money. If you have a soft spot for B movies, you will enjoy this book.
Jewbo23
The book starts off great but when Roger reaches the part where he is no longer directing his own films, it looses steam a little. I loved the additions from all the big names he'd given a start too though.
Vin Forte
A breezy account of the most DIY director to ever slapdash his way through Hollywood. A very colorful, campy, and crafty read.
David Maguire
Brilliant. Couldn't put it down. His prose is as entertaining as his pictures. The guy is a pure legend - and more talented than people give him credit for.
Jason Coffman
The Roger Corman book is basically exactly what you'd expect. Packed with hugely entertaining tales of his days in low-budget filmmaking working around the world with people who would go on to the big time! My main complaint is that the book is too short! Corman is such an entertaining raconteur that he could have easily added a few hundred more pages. Great stuff!
Heather Anderson
Hmmm, our library's copy had a different cover (Roger Corman poses within a giant monster's claw!!). This book is great and Roger Corman is the Man. True DIY success story. I totally admire what he has done, as well as the actors and others who worked with him. A densely packed short read that is a rollercoaster of adventure. It has soome really funny parts, too.
Alexa
"...the elitist-artist and the hustler-maverick...sum up my view of Hollywood and the culture of film. It's a compromised art form. It's a 50/50 split, art and commerece. Maybe that's why Americans are so good at it."
Josh Folan
I should have read this BEFORE I had made a movie.
J.L. III
It's a bit shorter on the nuts and bolts of how he made the movies, but if you're looking for something of a cliff's notes version of forty years of low budget filmmaking, this book is a great read.
Enrique Quintanilla
Roger Corman is the man, "Don't be ridiculous, nothing is impossible".
Matthew leprore
interesting and ultimately depressing look at making movies.
John Pilate
I think I've read this one twice already. Corman is a God.
Ann
Loved this! Just as good as when I read it the first time.
Gabriel
So this is what smug people think about themselves...
Ryan
Roger Corman will become your hero when you read this.
Kate
totally rad
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