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Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)

Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios. Raised by his mother and his aunt, his films often ... See full summary »

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Val Lewton (voice)
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Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Val E. Lewton ...
Himself, son of Val Lewton
Alexander Nemerov ...
Himself, author of 'Icons of Grief'
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Himself
Glen Gabbard ...
Himself, Dr., author of 'Psychiatry and the Cinema'
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself
Geoffrey O'Brien ...
Himself, author of 'The Phantom Empite'
Ann Carter ...
Herself (as Ann Carter Newton)
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Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios. Raised by his mother and his aunt, his films often included strong female characters who find themselves in difficult situations and who have to grow up quickly. He is best remembered for the horror films he made at RKO starting in 1940. Starting with only a title - his first was The Cat People - he would meticulously oversee every aspect of the film's completion. Although categorized as horror films, his films never showed a monster, leaving it all to the viewers imagination, assisted by music, mood and lighting. Written by garykmcd

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The Man Behind RKO's Horror Film Success
25 March 2017 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

"The Man In the Shadows" is a fairly interesting bio-documentary that covers the life and career of low-budget, B-movie producer, Val Lewton, who worked almost exclusively for RKO Studios (poverty row) from the years 1942-1951.

Originally from Russia - Lewton was clearly one of those very resourceful men who knew just how to produce good quality horror pictures on budgets of only $150,000, or less.

Through stills, film clips, and interviews - The viewer learns all about the ins & outs of being a successful, but unappreciated, film producer like Lewton.

*Note* - In 1951 (at the age of 46) Val Lewton died from a heart attack.


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