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  • August 03, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    Many of the best American directors of the last four decades, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola, and Jonathan Demme, took lessons early on from what Demme and others have termed "the Roger Corman school of filmmaking" - the B movie mogul's studio New World Pictures. Given tiny budgets and a formula framework to work with, these auteurs-in-the-making were otherwise free to exert their creativity, learning in the process how to make the most of limited resources and how to manipulate generic conventions into personal, poetic films that also pleased audiences.

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