Death of American director Roger Corman, master of the B series

Death of American director Roger Corman, master of the B series
Death of American director Roger Corman, master of the B series

American director and producer Roger Corman has died at the age of 98, his family announced Saturday. He was known for his low-budget films produced at a breakneck pace.

“It is with deep sadness, and boundless admiration for the extraordinary life he led, that we remember our beloved husband and father,” his wife and daughter wrote on Instagram.

The filmmaker, who directed and produced hundreds of low-budget genre films beginning in the 1950s, died Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, California, his family said.

He is credited in particular with the discovery of certain big names in cinema such as Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Francis Ford Coppola. The latter paid tribute on Sunday to the memory of his “first boss”, “mentor” and “model”. “There’s nothing about the practical aspects of filmmaking that I haven’t learned from being his assistant,” Francis Ford Coppola said on Instagram.

Wide range of product genres

Among the titles produced by Roger Corman, The Fast and the Furious (1954) Dementia 13 (1963) Big Bad Mama (1974) are among the best known. Horror, fantasy, gangster films, science fiction, western: this Hollywood figure received an honorary Oscar in 2015, an “incongruity for me who have always made low-budget films”, he said. he amused then.

His adaptations of Edgar Poe’s short stories with his favorite actor Vincent Price are considered masterpieces which will have a strong influence on European horror cinema. We also owe him the distribution in the United States of films by Truffaut, Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, he made his way to Hollywood, starting as a courier at 20th Century-Fox and later as a screenwriter.

This article was automatically published. Sources: ats / afp

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