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Interviewer: When you read that a picture cost 35 million dollars to make, what do you think of that cost?
Roger Corman: Actually, I think it’s wrong. I think the artist should be able to express himself for less money than that, and the businessman should be able to invest his money better. I think from both an artistic and a commercial standpoint, it is wrong to spend that much money. And in addition I think there are better things to do with the money in our society.
I: For example.
RC: You could—for 30 million dollars or 40 million dollars, which is what some of these films are costing, you could rebuild a portion of the slums of a city. Just as one example.
I: Mm-hm. So you think it’s obscene, to spend that much money.
RC: Yes, I would use that word.
From an interview excerpted in the documentary Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011).
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You can argue forever about the content of a film, its aesthetic, its style, even its moral posture; but the crucial imperative is to avoid boredom at all costs.
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