Boxcar Bertha (1972)
The New York-born film buff had grown up on Corman’s giddy monster movies like Attack of the Crab Monsters. And after his first film was completed (1967’s Who’s That Knocking at My Door), Scorsese found a sympathetic patron in Corman, who hired the future Goodfellas director to make the Depression-era outlaw drama Boxcar Bertha, starring a young Barbara Hershey and David Carradine.
“He was like a great professor,” says Scorsese. “From him, I learned how to put a picture together. He taught you about the realities of the marketplace: There had to be a chase scene here; there has to be a touch of nudity there. He didn’t apologize for that. You had to embrace that if you were going to make a movie for him. I didn’t mind embracing the Corman formula.”
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