Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen
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Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen
The accomplished documentary editor Michael Palm (I Am From Nowhere, Calling Hedy Lamarr) takes his directorial bow with the nonfiction film Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen. Filmmaker Ulmer raised low-budget, B-picture production to the level of an art form, via careful aesthetic choices and an intelligent hand, producing such time-tested, sensationalistic 'cult classics' as Bluebeard, Detour, The Black Cat and Murder is My Beat. Yet he had, by all accounts, a relatively shadowy and well-hidden private life - so well-hidden that few have attempted to undertake a feature-length… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This 77-minute primer sheds partial light on this B-movie legend who, unlike his contemporaries like Lang, never managed to ascend to the A-list."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Michael Palm's film remains earthbound despite its interesting, offbeat subject."
‑ Sura Wood, Hollywood Reporter
"Despite some excellent talking heads, Palm's good-natured attempt to stuff Ulmer's life into a B-movie mold of its own ultimately lacks the lean crackerjack narrative stylization that marked the emigre helmer's best works."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"The documentary employs many of Ulmer's trademark techniques, such as rear-projection, and tries to open up the usual talking-head format by taking the camera outside, in and around Hollywood."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[A] well-wrought investigation of the often mysterious life of Edgar G. Ulmer."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"The subject and the film clips are great, although the documentary as a whole is a bit gimmicky."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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