The film consists mainly of interviews with Corman and many of the other filmmakers he’s surrounded himself with over the years. Among them, his wife Julie, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante and Allan Arkush (joined at the hip, as usual), and many others. Some of the most interesting interviews in the film come courtesy of director Ron Howard, who directed his first film, “Grand Theft Auto,” for Corman, and Jack Nicholson, who was among Corman’s stable of actors many years. Nicholson is surprisingly open throughout the film, even being moved to tears at one point.
Corman’s career is so vast, there is no way it could all be covered in one film, so certain things get more attention than others. The segment that deals with Corman’s racially charged film “The Intruder” is very interesting. Also intriguing is the discussion of how things changed for Corman when films like “Jaws” and “Star Wars” rolled around.
There is a lot of stuff to keep film buffs happy here, and the movie is very informative, but I also think there could’ve been a bit more done to present a more rounded view of Corman. We see examples of many of his B sci-fi and horror movies, that’s fun but there is little talk about his finer moments as a director…most notably his series of films inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. Some discussion of his return to directing for “Frankenstein Unbound,” after many years spent in the producer’s chair, would’ve been interesting as well.
As an introduction to the work of Roger Corman, “Corman’s World” does a great job and will hopefully inspire many younger movie fans to seek out his work.