Film pioneer and Oscar winner Roger Corman died at the age of 98 | Media and Culture

Film pioneer and Oscar winner Roger Corman died at the age of 98 | Media and Culture
Film pioneer and Oscar winner Roger Corman died at the age of 98 | Media and Culture
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American film producer and director Roger Corman died on Thursday at the age of 98. This is reported by the American entertainment magazine Variety. Corman is considered the king of the B-movie.

Corman died surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Santa Monica. “Roger wants to be remembered as a filmmaker, not as something else,” his family wrote in a short statement.

As a producer, Corman worked on more than four hundred productions and as a director he made dozens of films. Corman specialized in fast, cheap genre films: mainly horror, action films and science fiction. Most of the films he made made double the money.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Corman worked with the then unknown young talents Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Robert De Niro.

He adapted many works by writer Edgar Allan Poe into films. Among the best-known titles are TheRavens and The Pit and the Pendulum. He had a big hit with the film in the late 1970s Piranha.

Corman was also a distributor and an actor

Corman was not only a maker of films, he was also very active as a distributor. For example, he imported major titles from well-known non-American filmmakers and released them in the United States. He was partly responsible for the American distribution of the work of Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, François Truffaut and Akira Kurosawa.

Corman was also occasionally seen as an actor. He also played in multiple Oscar winners The Godfather II from 1974 and The Silence of the Lambs from 1991.

In 2009, Corman received an honorary Oscar for his great contribution to film culture.

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