“It’s been said that if you don’t like the Rolling Stones, then you just don’t like rock and roll. By the same token, I think that if you don’t like the films of Sam Fuller, then you just don’t like cinema. Or at least you don’t understand it.”
– Martin Scorsese
One of the most visually inventive of American filmmakers, Samuel Fuller (1912-1997) was also one of the most visceral of film artists, shaping raw emotions and conflict into unconventional and hard-hitting stories. His formative experiences- as newsboy, crime reporter, pulp novelist and World War II infantryman- provided his films with subject matter, as well as storytelling techniques, that grabbed our attention and never let go.
While he enjoyed his most prolific period during the twilight years of the studio era, this fiercely independent writer-director would become mentor and inspiration for younger filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Curtis Hanson, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and others.
In 2002 Christa Lang-Fuller, collaborator and widow, published his autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting and Filmmaking. Recently their daughter Samantha Fuller released a documentary on her father, A Fuller Life. To celebrate Samantha’s film, we are collaborating with the Roxie Theater in San Francisco in bringing both Samantha and Christa to the Bay Area for a Fuller weekend. The film selection includes rarely screened titles; additional guest appearances are possible.