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Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen

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

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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

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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.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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[A] well-wrought investigation of the often mysterious life of Edgar G. Ulmer.

July 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Michael Palm's film remains earthbound despite its interesting, offbeat subject.

June 7, 2005
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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.

November 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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The subject and the film clips are great, although the documentary as a whole is a bit gimmicky.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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