Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen
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Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen
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 with Hedy Lamarr), Ulmer was a maverick who valued his creative freedom and he most often worked for"Poverty Row studios, most notably PRC, where he was allowed to make films as he pleased as long as they were done fast and cheap. Ulmer made a handful of small masterpieces for the minor league studios, most notably Detour, The Naked Dawn, Bluebeard, and… 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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