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.
2 September 2007 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Martin Scorsese Presents: Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
The narrator said that Val Lewton
hated Boris Karloff
and didn't want to work with him. However, the narrator further says that Karloff said about Lewton "he rescued me and restored my soul". It is, however, unclear why. See more
All credited performers following Robert Wise are identified by a graphic or orally by the narrator. See more