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A Cult Favorite Gets His Due
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Book review: Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins by Noah Isenberg (University of California Press)Edgar Ulmer is one of the great curiosities of Hollywood history. He collaborated with Billy Wilder, Curt and Robert Siodmak, Eugen Shüfftan and Fred Zinnemann on the celebrated German silent film People on Sunday but never achieved anything like their great success in America. His most prominent picture, The Black Cat (1934) with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, turned out to be his only mainstream studio picture. Why? What happened that relegated Ulmer to the fringes of American cinema?Ulmer barely eked out a living making B Westerns, Yiddish-language features, health-care...
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