Edgar G. Ulmer

17.09.1904, Vienna, Austria - 30.09.1972, Woodland Hills, USA


Edgar George Ulmer studied architecture and philosophy while simultaneously working as an actor and set designer in theatre. With Max Reinhardt’s theatre, he visited America and upon his return to Germany, he was the assistant director to the famous F. W. Murnau. Together with Robert Siodmak he directed the film People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag, 1929), after which he immigrated to the US. For Universal studios, he directed his debut The Black Cat (1934), a horror with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. He continued to work on independent low-budget productions, such as the western Thunder Over Texas (1934), a film in Yiddish Green Fields (1937), Cossacks in Exile (1939), and Tomorrow We Live (1942). During 1943, he began to direct and later produced films for the PRC studio. During that period, he made Bluebeard (1944), a modern version of Hamlet, Strange Illusion (1945) and Detour (1945), his most esteemed film. Afterwards he made Ruthless (1948), a sci-fi called The Man From Planet X (1951), The Naked Dawn (1955), Beyond the Time Barrier (1960), L\' Atlantide (1961) and Sette contro la morte (1964).


People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag, 1930)

Films by this director

The Black Cat


Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: John J. Mescall

A young couple on a honeymoon meet Doctor Vitus Werdegast on a train in Hungary. After having spent the last fifteen years as a war prisoner, he is visiting his friend. The doctor and the couple share a taxi ride but a traffic accident happens near the home of Vitus’ friend, architect Hjalmar Poelzig. This is the first film in which Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi appeared together.

35 mm, b/w, 65 min


(USA, 1945)

Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Benjamin H. Kline

Siromašni Al Roberts njujorški je pijanist snažno zaljubljen u privlačnu Sue Harvey, svoju djevojku i pjevačicu u klubu u kojem on svira. No Sue je ambicioznija od Ala, te mu jednog dana kaže da je odlučila otputovati u Los Angeles i pokušati u Hollywoodu ostvariti uspjeh o kojem mašta. Nakon što Sue otputuje, osamljeni i razočarani Al ju poslije nekog vremena nazove telefonom te dozna da ona u Hollywoodu radi kao konobarica. To saznanje i želja da bude pored v...

b/w, 68'
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