On the occasion of a retrospective of films by Austrian-American Filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer at New York’s Anthology Film Archives, Deutsches Haus at NYU is presenting a Roundtable on the filmmaker and his enduring appeal.
The panel features the New School-based film scholar Noah Isenberg, author of
the 2008 BFI Film Classics monograph on Ulmer’s Detour and of the
forthcoming critical biography, Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker in Transit
(California), Austrian film critic Stefan Grissemann, whose
German-language biography of Ulmer, Mann im Schatten: Der Filmemacher
Edgar G. Ulmer, appeared in Vienna in 2003 (Zsolnay), and acclaimed
Austrian filmmaker Michaeal Palm, director of the 2004 documentary Edgar
G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen, in conversation with the eminent New York
film writer J. Hoberman, author of Film after Film: Or, What Became of
21st-Century Cinema (Verso) and former senior film critic at the Village
Edgar G. Ulmer (1904-1972) enjoyed a thirty-five year career as an international film director. Born in the Austro-Hungarian provinces and raised in Vienna, he came to America with Max Reinhardt’s theater company in 1924, and is today most remembered for his remarkably diverse output of movies (from People on Sunday, The Black Cat, and Green Fields through Detour, Ruthless, and The Cavern) made in Hollywood, Berlin, New York and points in between.
Taking the form of a roundtable discussion, enriched by film clips and other visual media, and arranged in conjunction with a series of screenings at Anthology Film Archives, this public event offers a critical forum for reappraising the work of Ulmer four decades after his passing—the epitaph on his gravestone in Los Angeles reads “Talent Obliges.”