Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen Image

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  • Summary: The King of the B's, Edgar G. Ulmer was one of the first independent filmmakers, shooting movies in six days for a fraction of the cost of a studio feature. This documentary searches for an understanding of the mysterious and oft-forgotten man behind some of the most classic noir, horror, and sci-fi films in history. (Anthology Film Archives) Expand
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  1. The subject and the film clips are great, although the documentary as a whole is a bit gimmicky.
  2. In the main, Mr. Palm sticks to the usual biopic formula: a chronological account of a heroic individual told through talking heads, still photographs and film clips. Mr. Palm's principal deviation from this formula is that some of the interviews take place in moving cars.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    Ulmer emerges as the bigger-than-life symbol he probably desired to project: the brooding Old World artist, eternally frustrated with American market pressures, preferring to rule in Hell than serve in Hollywood.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    A definitive docu on the elusive Edgar G. Ulmer is a practical impossibility, which is why Michael Palm chooses to highlight questions rather than facts. But Edgar G. Ulmer -- the Man Off-Screen neither fully illuminates the tales nor finely sifts through the evidence to discover the truths behind the myth-making.
  5. Reviewed by: Sura Wood
    It's unfortunate that a film designed to renew interest in Ulmer is this flat.