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

Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Palm
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On DVD: Oct 17, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen

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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.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
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.

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

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

June 7, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | November 12, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Christian Science Monitor

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