This was a fascinating documentary. It gave an insight into the man who gave a break to actors/directors/others such as Robert de Niro, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg,Peter Bogdanovich, and Jonathon Demme. He kick-started the film careers of so many well-known people in the movie business. The big question is "What happened to Roger Corman?"
I believe that the documentary, through its interviews with those who have been close to him over the years of movie -making, provides an insight into what is probably the answer to that question. Personally, I derived the distinct feeling that whilst Corman was prepared to take many chances, some of which were financial, he just lacked the nerve to raise his risk-taking (particularly financial) to the next level. Basically, he comes across as a tightwad who ensured that he produced movies with little regard to quality but a disproportionate regard to expenses. Nevertheless, Corman's influence upon the movie business over the years cannot be denied. I am in complete agreement with Bruce Dern who is somewhat indignant that Corman's contribution to the industry has been comprehensively ignored by the establishment.