Edgar G. Ulmer

3/18/05 to 4/2/05

  • Detour|March 25

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  • The Light Ahead

    • Saturday, April 2 7:00pm

    Arianné Ulmer Cipes in Person. Based on stories by Mendele Mocher S'forim, this radiant yet startlingly unsentimental Yiddish film portrays the romance between a lame boy and a blind girl in a village poisoned by superstition.

  • American Matchmaker

    • Saturday, April 2 9:15pm

    Arianné Ulmer Cipes in Person. Old World shtetl meets New York penthouse in this delightful comedy starring "the Yiddish Fred Astaire." With TB message shorts Cloud in the Sky and Another to Conquer.

  • Bluebeard

    • Friday, April 1 7:00pm

    Arianné Ulmer Cipes in Person. John Carradine is creepy and compelling as an artist menacing the young women of 19th-century Paris in "one of the more stylishly angular horror movies of the '40s."-Village Voice. Our guest is Ulmer's daughter and film biographer.

  • The Strange Woman

    • Friday, April 1 8:45pm

    Arianné Ulmer Cipes in Person. High-gloss by Ulmer standards but still satisfyingly strange, this period psycho-melodrama features Hedy Lamarr as an ambitious vixen and George Sanders as one of many who succumb to her wiles.

  • Ruthless

    • Saturday, March 26 7:00pm

    Zachary Scott makes his shameless way to the top of Wall Street, threatening Sydney Greenstreet's empire, in what's often been called "Ulmer's Citizen Kane."

  • Moon over Harlem

    • Saturday, March 26 9:05pm

    Brutal racketeers create obstacles to the hopes of earnest Harlem youth in this tough melodrama with an all-black cast, a fascinating entry in Ulmer's series of "ethnic" movies.

  • Detour

    • Friday, March 25 7:30pm

    Special Guest: Ann Savage. "Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you": this lean, mean little movie sums up the film noir philosophy. "Detour isn't just a masterpiece, it's...a jagged chunk of the American psyche."-Village Voice

  • The Man from Planet X

    • Friday, March 25 9:15pm

    A lone emissary from a freezing planet gets an even chillier reception from Scottish villagers in Ulmer's fog-shrouded science-fiction fable.

  • Green Fields

    • Thursday, March 24 7:30pm

    A romantic yeshiva student in search of uncorrupted "true Jews" becomes entangled with two farm families in this Yiddish classic. "Celebrates a vanished world of tribal wholeness and stubborn piety....Sweet but unsentimental, the film exudes a dreamy pantheism unique in Yiddish film."-J. Hoberman

  • People on Sunday

    • Sunday, March 20 7:00pm

    Judith Rosenberg on Piano. The astonishing German first film by soon-to-be-exiles Ulmer, Robert Siodmak, and Billy Wilder, among others. With Ukrainian operetta Natalka Poltavka.

  • The Black Cat

    • Friday, March 18 7:00pm

    Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi face off in this bizarre pre-Code tale spiced with Satanism and necrophilia, as famous for its fabulous Art Deco sets as for its evil atmosphere.

  • Strange Illusion

    • Friday, March 18 8:30pm

    Hamlet goes Poverty Row, with a heavy dose of quack Freudianism, in Ulmer's ultra-low-budget, deliciously neurotic noir.