Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows
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While his name was known to only the most obsessive film fans during the course of his career, Val Lewton produced a handful of low-budget horror movies in the 1940's that had a revolutionary impact on the genre. Working within a special production unit at RKO Pictures, Lewton's films were mood pieces that created an atmosphere of anxiety rather than aiming for blunt shocks, and used shadowy camerawork and careful pacing to infer more than the audience actually saw. Several of Lewton's productions became minor hits, most notably Cat People, and a number of others (including Isle Of… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The most fascinating aspect revealed in this documentary is the way Lewton's suppressed emotions were embodied by his cinematic characters ...."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"A well-deserved homage to producer Val Lewton."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Like any good documentary, Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows makes us want to know more...."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"'The Man in the Shadows' is an admirable and uniquely organized documentary about Val Lewton and his brooding works of darkness."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"We may not learn much about who Val Lewton was. We may never truly know what made him tick. And we might find ourselves too engrossed in what we see and hear to even care."
‑ Edward Havens,
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