Video Essay: How Roger Corman Gave Rise to Scorsese, Coppola, and New Hollywood

By the early 1960s, the studio system in Hollywood, which gave a few huge movie studios more or less a monopoly over filmmaking, was on its way out. The shining-est light of Hollywood was Roger Corman, whose rough-and-ready approach was bringing audiences into theaters by the bucketload. Corman was, whatever one might say about his product, sensitive enough to see that his growing power as a director and producer put him in a position to nurture and promote young directing talent. And nurture and promote he did.

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