Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen
Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2005)

Edgar G. Ulmer was one of the most fascinating figures of Hollywood's Golden Age. While Ulmer directed the occasional big-budget major studio film (most notably The Black Cat starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi and The Strange Woman… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 17, 2006
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter

Michael Palm's film remains earthbound despite its interesting, offbeat subject.

Jay Weissberg
Variety

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Ed Halter
Village Voice

[A] well-wrought investigation of the often mysterious life of Edgar G. Ulmer.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The subject and the film clips are great, although the documentary as a whole is a bit gimmicky.

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