Essential Cinema: Edgar G. Ulmer: Prince of Poverty Row

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Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

USA, 1948, 1h 44min, 35mm

Essential Cinema: Edgar G. Ulmer: Prince of Poverty Row

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752

Showtimes

Thu, Oct 10

This noir-inflected melodrama from Edgar G. Ulmer presents us with a well-liked, philanthropic-minded tycoon (Austin’s own Zachary Scott) who has a few skeletons in his closet. When he and some old acquaintances get together for a party, these skeletons are set free. In 35mm.

The Thursday 10/10 screening will be introduced by series programmer Noah Isenberg, the George Christian Centennial Professor and Chair of University of Texas at Austin’s Radio-Television-Film department, and author of the critical biography “Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins.”

About this series:

In the mid-1980s, when a traveling retrospective of the famously obscure émigré filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer (“King of the Bs”) was making its way across the United States, the Houston Chronicle ran a review with the apt title “Edgar G. Who?” If he was known at all, it was mainly due to his breathtaking low-budget noir DETOUR (1945). But Ulmer’s near thirty-five-year career as a director encompassed everything from a doomed entry to the Universal horror cycle, four Yiddish features, a Mexican western (Truffaut called it “a small gift from Hollywood”), a few sci-fi quickies, and other minor wonders from Poverty Row. Programmed in collaboration with Noah Isenberg, the George Christian Centennial Professor and Chair of University of Texas at Austin’s Radio-Television-Film department, and author of the critical biography “Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins.”

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