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Herschell Gordon Lewis


“I see filmmaking as a business and pity anyone who regards it as an art form.”



Herschell Gordon Lewis was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1929. After attending grade school, Lewis received a Master’s degree in Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. A few years later, he became a professor of English literature at Mississippi State College. He was lured from his teaching career to be manager of WRAC Radio in Racine, Wisconsin, then to become a studio director at WKY-TV in Oklahoma City. In 1953, he settled in Chicago and began working for a friend’s advertising agency while teaching graduate advertising courses at night at Roosevelt University. In the meantime, he began directing commercial advertisements for a production company called Alexander and Associates. Lewis later bought out half of the company with business associate Martin Schmidhofer and renamed it Lewis and Martin Films. In 1960 he decided to go into the filmmaking business and produced The Prime Time (1960), which he made with his own money. It was profitable, so he next… read more


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“I see filmmaking as a business and pity anyone who regards it as an art form.” Somehow it doesn't surprise me that the man who said this made so many awful, awful movies.

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Simplesmente o avô de todos os realizadores de Splatter/Gore que temos hoje.

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Met Mr. Lewis today and shared a lovely conversation with him. What a lovely man. =)

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