Edgar Who? Chronicling the Life of a Near-Forgotten Filmmaker
Noah Isenberg discusses his new book, Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, with critic Geoffrey O’Brien. Despite early work with Max Reinhardt and F. W. Murnau, his auspicious debut with Siodmak on their celebrated Weimar classic People on Sunday (1930), and the success of films like Detour (1945) and Ruthless (1948), Ulmer spent most of his career as an itinerant filmmaker earning modest paychecks for films that have either been overlooked or forgotten. Works from Ulmer’s vast, eclectic filmography—which includes horror and sci-fi films; a wide variety of ethnic pictures from the 1930s (from an all-black musical drama to a pair of Ukrainian operettas and four Yiddish features); acclaimed B-pictures of diverse genres (from Westerns and screwball comedies to costume dramas and weepies); and the above-mentioned classics of American film noir—were recently featured in a series at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. (Detour can be seen for free online on the Internet Archive.)
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the New York Institute for the Humanities’ website.
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