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A Live Tribute to Roger Corman

Talk about legends! Roger Corman has directed more than 50 low-budget drive-in classics, produced and/or distributed 250 more, and helped the careers of hundreds of young people breaking into the industry. A partial list: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, Gail Ann Hurd, James Cameron, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante, Robert Towne. Considering Corman’s own films (The Little Shop of Horrors, The Trip, Wild Angels, Bloody Mama, The Raven), Jonathan Demme has stated. "Roger is arguably the greatest independent filmmaker the American film industry has seen and probably ever will see."

We are proud to have Roger Corman live, and to show one of his most delicious pictures.

June 5 (Saturday) 8pm
Tickets are $8 for this special evening with Roger Corman.
This event is an HFA benefit for the Boston Film and Video Foundation.

The Masque of the Red Death

Directed by Roger Corman
With Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court, Patrick Magee 
USA 1964, color, 35mm, 86 min.

Corman had some expensive castle sets left over from the filming of Becket, and maestro cinematography from Nicolas Roeg. The result is practically everyone’s favorite Poe adaptation, the filmmaker included. A sleek, thin-mustachioed Vincent Price plays Prince Prospero fairly straight and very wicked, burning down feudal villages, capturing fair maidens (Asher), treating his serfs like serfs. However, the Red Death will soon have dominion over all.

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