Directed by Roger Corman
1959, USA, 66 min
Introduced by Caelum Vatnsdal.
A special launch of a new biography of the legendary American actor Dick Miller, You Don’t Know Me, But You Love Me, followed by a special screening of one of his best loved movies -Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood. Shot in 5 days for $50,000 Bucket of Blood features Dick Miller as a busboy at a Beatnik café who aspires to be an artist. He accidentally kills his landlady’s cat, covers its body in clay to hide the evidence, and is soon acclaimed as a great artist. Dick Miller was a master American character actor, appearing in The Terminator, The Howling, The Wild Angels, New York, New York, After Hours, Piranha, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Gremlins, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He was a favourite character actor of Quentin Tarantino and in the words of Jonathan Demme, a “first-rate actor who makes any scene he’s in better.”
The result of several years of extensive interviews and exhaustive research by author Caelum Vatnsdal, You Don’t Know Me, But You Love Me is at once story of how an unassuming guy stumbled into acting and became cult royalty. Caelum Vatnsdal is the well respected author of Kino Delerium: The Films of Guy Maddin and They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema.
This book is a biography of beloved American movie actor Dick Miller. Miller’s fantastically storied life, the legendary people with whom he has worked and played, the times in which he’s lived and the fascinating environments of both Broadway and Hollywood over the past seventy years are all thoroughly and engagingly explored in this first and only biography of the cult legend. The result of both extensive interviews and exhaustive research, You Don’t Know Me, But You Love Me is at once story of how an unassuming guy stumbled into acting and became cult royalty, an epic love story of a man and his wife, a parallel story of an actor and his director (Corman), and a secret history of Hollywood. Referred to by Roger Corman as the “best actor in Hollywood” a favourite character actor of Quentin Tarantino, and in the words of Jonathan Demme, “a first-rate actor who makes any scene he’s in better,” Miller’s particular magic continues to work itself on Hollywood elite and movie buffs alike.
Caelum Vatnsdal was born in Winnipeg and resides there still with his wife and son. He is a filmmaker who has made movies about disaffected youth and Bigfoot, and the author of They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema and Kino Delirium: The Films of Guy Maddin, both published with ARP Books.