Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses

Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses

Roger Corman, King of the B Movie

Book - 2013
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  C rab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses is an outrageously rollicking account of the life and career of Roger Corman--one of the most prolific and successful independent producers, directors, and writers of all time, and self-proclaimed king of the B movie. As told by Corman himself and graduates of "The Corman Film School," including Peter Bogdanovich, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese, this comprehensive oral history takes readers behind the scenes of more than six decades of American cinema, as now-legendary directors and actors candidly unspool recollections of working with Corman, continually one-upping one another with tales of the years before their big breaks.
Crab Monsters is supplemented with dozens of full-color reproductions of classic Corman movie posters; behind-the-scenes photographs and ephemera (many taken from Corman's personal archive); and critical essays on Corman's most daring films--including The Intruder , Little Shop of Horrors , and The Big Doll House -- that make the case for Corman as an artist like no other.

Praise for Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses:

"This new coffee table book, brimming with outrageous stills from many of Corman's hundreds of films, looks at the wild career of the starmaker who was largely responsible for so much of the Hollywood we know today." -- New York Post

"Vividly illustrated." -- People

"An enthusiastic ode to colorful, seat-of-your-pants filmmaking, this one's hard to beat." -- Booklist (starred review)

"It includes in-depth aesthetic appreciations of ten of Corman's movies, which, taken together, make a compelling case for Corman as an artist."

"Author Nashawaty deftly describes how Corman's legacy is far more nuanced than most realize." -- American Way magazine

"Outrageously entertaining . . ."  -- Parade magazine

"Endlessly fascinating."

"You'd think it'd be impossible for any writer to put together a Roger Corman biography that's anywhere near as fun as his movies, but Entertainment Weekly writer/critic Chris Nashawaty has done just that."  -- Complex magazine
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2013.
ISBN: 9781419706691
Branch Call Number: 791. 430232 COR N
Characteristics: 272 p. : ill. (col.) ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Landis, John


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Feb 10, 2014

I'm glad Roger Corman (still active at 87) is alive to enjoy his current renaissance. There was a documentary ("Corman's World") a few years ago, many of his films are making their way to DVD (Shout! factory editions are the best) and now we have this lavish coffee table cook, which is worth it for the awesome/kitschy movie posters alone. But it also tells the story of Corman and his movies from those who were there. Even if you dismiss his movies at trash (in which case you are too snobby for your own good), you have to respect the man for recognizing talent and giving future Oscar-winning directors like Coppola, Scorsese and Demme early breaks. A terrific books for the Corman fan and for all fans of gloriously cheesy b movies. It's only missing a complete filmography. 5 Corman movies to start with: "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Attack of the Crab Monsters," "Caged Heat," "Battle Beyond the Stars."

Pierre_biblio Oct 19, 2013

An essential book for anyone interested in popular culture and cinema. Anyone in the second half of their life will likely relate to some of the material in this book in one way or another. It may be kitsch, it may be cheesy, it may be in poor taste; still we grew up with those movies, in the same way we grew up with amusement parks, penny arcades and bell bottom jeans...

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