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Title:   Edgar G. Ulmaer - The Man Off-Screen
Director:   Michael Palm
Year:   2004
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.29.05

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11.29.05Alamo Downtown AFS started up their Edgar G. Ulmer series tonight with a double feature. The first show was a documentary on the guy produced by his Daughter who was in attendance. She wore really strange '50s-style glasses and spoke like someone's grandmother. The documentary was decent, originally made for German TV. They got the original interview tape between Ulmer and Bogdanovich which eventually became Ulmer's chapter in Bogdanovich's massive interview book Who The Devil Made It, along with new interviews with Boggles, Joe Dante and John Landis, Wim Wenders, Roger Corman, and a host of actors who appeared in his various movies (including a surprisingly negative John Saxon). Afterward, Edgar's daughter said that Saxon didn't know his lines when he showed up on set so Ulmer never got along with him and that's why he was so negative in the doc.

For people who have no clue who Edgar G. Ulmer is (AKA most people), he's the guy who made Detour: one of the classic film noirs and probably also one of the cheapest) and The Black Cat, which was the movie starring both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Of course he also made a ton of other movies but is still pretty unknown. I guess her daughter has spent like 15 years trying to save his films from extinction.

So yeah... the doecumentary was interesting.
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