Movie mav­er­ick’s mem­o­ries

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Au­thor Michael doyle

Pub­lisher BearManor Me­dia

Not many film­mak­ers war­rant a book-length Q&A, but “B-movie au­teur” Larry Cohen is one of them.

As hefty as it is pricey, this draws on in-depth in­ter­views with the writer/di­rec­tor of cult items like It’s Alive and Q: The Winged Ser­pent, car­ried out over the course of three years. Ad­dress­ing each of his films in turn, it also de­tails his child­hood, his early work in TV, and aborted projects.

It’s of­ten fas­ci­nat­ing. Cohen is a man with an in­ter­est­ing ca­reer, a good mem­ory, and a well-stocked store of anec­dotes. Frank opin­ions on the in­dus­try’s ego­tists, idea thieves and clue­less mar­keters sit along­side great anec­dotes about his no­to­ri­ous guer­rilla film­mak­ing tac­tics. He also sounds forth on how ’60s show The In­vaders (his brain­child) could have been bet­ter re­alised, and pro­vides in­trigu­ing in­sights into per­son­al­i­ties such as Al­fred Hitch­cock and com­poser Bernard Her­rmann.

True, at nearly 700 pages (in­clud­ing co­pi­ous, over­ly­de­tailed foot­notes) it may prove a bit too much for all but Cohen’s small army of loyal fans – but they will be in heaven. Ian Berriman

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