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 best remembered for his remarkably diverse output of movies (from Menschen am Sonntag, The Black Cat, and Green Fields through Detour, Ruthless, The Naked Dawn and The Cavern) made in Berlin, Hollywood, New York and points in between. Building on more than a decade of writing and research, and focusing specifically on the director’s early years, Isenberg’s lecture untangles the persistent myths and half-truths that have shrouded Ulmer’s life and career.
Noah Isenberg is Director of Screen Studies at Eugene Lang College - The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. His forthcoming critical biography, Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, is due out next year from the University of California Press.