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Joe Dante & Roger Corman Thursday at the New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, April 17, 2008 01:13am | Post a Comment
New Beverly Cinema:

On April 17, Mr. Dante's festival brings us two directed by Roger Corman, The Secret Invasion and The Tomb Of Ligeia!

Joe Dante will appear with Roger Corman on Thursday evening!!

Joe Dante's film notes on this double bill follow:

"April 16 + 17 The Secret Invasion and Tomb of Ligeia!
This scenic WWII epic, shot in Yugoslavia in 1964, is one of Roger Corman’s least-seen yet most
accomplished films, with essentially the same plot as The Dirty Dozen -- which wasn’t made until
three years later! Stewart Granger, Mickey Rooney, Edd Byrnes, Henry Silva and Raf Vallone are felons recruited for a mission to rescue an Italian general from behind enemy lines. Roger used this story idea in his first movie, Five Guns West. I haven’t seen this since it came out!

Tomb of Ligeia was the last of Corman’s popular series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, but unlike the others it has many beautiful English countryside exteriors and mostly departs from the stylized stage-bound unreality of its forebears. Robert Towne (Chinatown) wrote the script in a more romantic vein, thinking Richard Chamberlain would play the lead--but AIP intervened and sure enough, Vincent Price took over."

New Beverly Cinema