Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins

Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins

by Noah Isenberg

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Edgar G. Ulmer is perhaps best known today for Detour, considered by many to be the epitome of a certain noir style that transcends its B-list origins. But in his lifetime he never achieved the celebrity of his fellow Austrian and German émigré directors—Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Fred Zinnemann, and Robert Siodmak. Despite early work with Max Reinhardt and F. W. Murnau, his auspicious debut with Siodmak on their celebrated Weimar classic People on Sunday, and the success of films like Detour and Ruthless, Ulmer spent most of his career as an itinerant filmmaker earning modest paychecks for films that have either been overlooked or forgotten. In this fascinating and well-researched account of a career spent on the margins of Hollywood, Noah Isenberg provides the little-known details of Ulmer’s personal life and a thorough analysis of his wide-ranging, eclectic films—features aimed at minority audiences, horror and sci-fi flicks, genre pictures made in the U.S. and abroad. Isenberg shows that Ulmer’s unconventional path was in many ways more typical than that of his more famous colleagues. As he follows the twists and turns of Ulmer’s fortunes, Isenberg also conveys a new understanding of low-budget filmmaking in the studio era and beyond.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520235779
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 01/09/2014
Series: Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism , #48
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 820,328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Noah Isenberg is Director of Screen Studies and Professor of Culture and Media at the New School, author of Detour, and editor of Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era.

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1. Traces of a Viennese Youth

2. Toward a Cinema at the Margins

3. Hollywood Horror

4. Songs of Exile

5. Capra of PRC

6. Back in Black

7. Independence Days




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