January 10 – 18
The near-forgotten émigré filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer enjoyed a 35-year career as a director. Born in Olmütz (in what is today the Czech Republic) in 1904, and raised in Vienna, he first traveled to America in 1924 with Max Reinhardt’s theater company to help stage The Miracle at New York’s Century Theatre. His sprawling, eclectic body of work includes daring and original horror films; a startling variety of ethnic films, ranging from an all-black musical drama to a pair of Ukrainian operettas and four powerful Yiddish features; numerous acclaimed B-pictures of diverse genres, including science fiction, melodrama, and the western; and such film noir classics as Detour (1945), his best-known work. Long overshadowed by the more celebrated careers of his fellow Austrian- and German-born peers, Ulmer’s work is finally receiving a new wave of critical appreciation over four decades after his death. Presented in collaboration with Noah Isenberg, director of Screen Studies at the New School and author of the new book Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins.
The Afterlives of Edgar G. Ulmer, a roundtable discussion about the celebrated filmmaker, will take place at the Center for Jewish History on Sunday, January 19 at 11:00am., with Arianné Ulmer Cipes, the director’s daughter and head of the Edgar G. Ulmer Preservation Corp., Viennese film critic Stefan Grissemann, and New School Professor and author Noah Isenberg. Click here for details.
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