Guests: Roger Corman & Lilly Goren
We kick-off the New Year with a true Hollywood legend - Roger Corman, whose latest film Death Race 2050 is perfectly timed for the current political landscape. Then host Christina Jeurling Birro discusses politics and pop culture with author and political science Professor Lilly Goren, including how female presidents are depicted in film and TV, and how this might change after the recent U.S. presidential election results.
But first we speak to Mr. Corman, the undisputed King of the B-movie who as producer, writer and/or director has over 400 film credits to his name, each with it’s own wit, satire, political commentary and urgency. Over the last 50 years he has also mentored many of the true talents in Hollywood, including directors Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and helped launch the careers of actors such as Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson – just to name a few.
As a distributor and passionate film lover Roger Corman brought the works of Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Federico Fellini, and Akira Kurosawa to the United States for the first time - exposing many young American filmmakers and viewers to some of the greatest films in history.
Mr. Corman might have turned 90 last year but he has not slowed down his pace. This month debuts Death Race 2050, a reboot of his career defining film Death Race 2000 from 1975. Produced alongside his business partner and wife, producer Julie Corman, the film is set in a futuristic version of the United States that is run by corporations and the most popular event is a car race where drivers get extra points for taking down pedestrians. The films commentary may be even darker today then it was originally in 1975.
Roger Corman has had a legendary Hollywood career as a producer, writer and director with over 400 film credits including the cult hit Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Wild Angels (1966), Death Race 2000 (1975) and the upcoming Death Race 2050. In 2009 he received an Honorary Academy Award for his body of work and contributions in the industry.
Lilly Goren is professor of political science and global studies at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Her published books include Mad Men and Politics: Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America and You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture.