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Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen

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

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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 level of an art form, via careful aesthetic choices and an intelligent hand, producing such time-tested, sensationalistic 'cult classics' as Bluebeard, Detour, The Black Cat and Murder is My Beat. Yet he had, by all accounts, a relatively shadowy and

Oct 17, 2006

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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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