Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen
Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen (2005)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 29, 2005
DVD 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

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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