A Detour for Odysseus

Noah Isenberg
Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker At The Margins
(University of California Press, 2014)

Edgar G. Ulmer once served as a case study for Sigmund Freud’s childhood analysis. He invented the “unchained camera,” the dolly shot, and German Expressionism. He directed Detour, a film noir B-movie almost lost but now preserved in the Library of Congress.

Well, one of those three statements can be verified. The other two can probably be chocked up to Ulmer’s penchant for spinning tall tales and exaggerating his own accomplishments. The enigma surrounding the life and career of filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer is precisely what attracted author Noah Isenberg to write Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker At The Margins. While other authors are drawn to celebrities of greater stature whose lives are well documented, Isenberg preferred the challenge of unraveling the mystery of this European transplant who clearly had talent but never found

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