King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

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King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

Steve Mitchell
USA/Kanada, 2016
Documentaries, 106min, OF

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King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

Steve Mitchell
USA/Kanada, 2016
Documentaries, 106min, OF

Cast: 
J.J. Abrams
John Landis
Fred Williamson
Rick Baker
Eric Bogosian
Larry Cohen
Barbara Carrera
Joe Dante
Robert Forster
Martin Scorsese
Tara Reid
Traci Lords
Screenplay: 
Steve Mitchell
Sound: 
Joe Kraemer
Camera: 
David C.P. Chan
Editor: 
Kai Thomasian

Production: 
Off The Cliff Productions
Big and Tall Films
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

KING COHEN is a picture of a driven, maverick artist who will do anything to get his shot (typically without permission), who prefers on-set improvisation to meticulous prep, and whose sense of film history has guided him to collaborate with Hollywood’s older, overlooked talents. For where Hollywood had long since abandoned the likes of Bernard Herrmann, Sam Fuller, Bette Davis and Red Buttons, Cohen offered them work, even writing roles for them. Perhaps this willingness to respect cinema’s past, even as Cohen himself slowly becomes part of it, is what gives this documentary its elegiac feel. In a sense all films are ghost stories, preserving the dead beyond the grave – but Mitchell’s film serves equally as an invitation to honour living legends like Cohen. (Anton Bitel)