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Director Edgar G. Ulmer gets his due at LACMA
Director Edgar G. Ulmer gets his due at LACMA

To call director Edgar G. Ulmer "versatile," as the subtitle of the new repertory series spotlighting his work does, is like calling Buster Keaton funny or Marilyn Monroe attractive. It doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. A wizard of low-budget filmmaking, the Austrian-born Ulmer once claimed to have turned out 128 inexpensive features for "poverty row" companies such as PRC Pictures and Eagle-Lion in a career that lasted from the late-1920s to the mid-1960s. "Nobody ever made good pictures faster or for less money," wrote Peter Bogdanovich, who interviewed Ulmer in 1970, two years before he died. Noah Isenberg's authoritative new...

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