Watch This: Roger Corman crossed Star Wars with The Seven Samurai

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: Because it’s Star Wars Week here at the A.V. Club, we’ve singled out some of the more interesting movies inspired or influenced by George Lucas’ beloved space opera.

Battle Beyond The Stars (1980)

The enduring lesson from the life and work of B-movie impresario Roger Corman is that crass commercialism and genuine artistry can coexist, provided that both sides of the partnership keep their eyes clear. Corman approached cinema with the guile of a dollar-store manager, compensating for his tiny margins with volume, volume, volume. He bought cheap and sold cheap, relying on eye-catching packaging to peddle what were essentially knock-offs, held together by filler. But because he cared more about steady profitability than era-defining blockbusters, he gave his employees a lot of creative freedom. So long as they …

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