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Roger Corman on The Fast and The Furious

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Since we seem to be in a Corman mood, here’s Roger’s story of the genesis of the Fast and Furious franchise, which he had a hand in inaugurating.

At 87, Corman is still on top of it — when the Fast and Furious franchise started at Universal, they had a film, but they didn’t like the title. Roger suggested casually that he had produced a film, The Fast and The Furious, also about car racing, in 1954, and that perhaps that might be a good title. Universal jumped at it, but being cognizant of the fact that Corman’s film had used the title more than half a century earlier, felt obliged to cut a deal with Corman for the use of the title, with fascinating results.

Listen to the whole story in Corman’s own words by clicking here, or on the image above.

Free Streaming Feature Films on The Web

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Here’s a selection of Public Domain feature films that anyone can view or download legally – an important point here — free of copyright restriction.

Currently the Internet Archive has 2,822 feature films available for viewing — a lot of it is junk, but there are numerous gems, such as And Then There Were None, Scrooge, The Joe Louis Story, Night of the Living Dead, The Fast and The Furious, The Inspector General, His Girl Friday, The Jungle Book (the Korda version, of course), The Lost World (1925 version), Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker, The Big Combo, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922), as well as the deeply idiosyncratic films of German auteur Lutz Mommartz.

All free, for download or instant viewing. An amazing resource; check it out.

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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Wheeler Winston Dixon, Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is an internationally recognized scholar and writer of film history, theory and criticism. He is the author of numerous books and more than 70 articles on film and appears regularly in national media outlets discussing film and culture trends. Frame by Frame is a collection of his thoughts on a number of those topics. To contact Prof. Dixon for an interview, reach him at 402.472.6064 or wdixon1@unl.edu.

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