PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (Edgar G. Ulmer, Robert and Curt Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann, 1929)

A documentary fiction, a fictional documentary: Menschen am Sonntag, ein film ohne Schausppieler, written by Curt Siodmak and Billy Wilder, and directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, Robert and Curt Siodmak and, to a minor extent, Fred Zinnemann, is the last notable silent film from Germany—an experiment in which young filmmakers flex their love of cinema. […]

THE LIGHT AHEAD (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1939)

Poetic, achingly spiritual, Di klyatshe, the third of four films Viennese-born U.S. filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer made in Yiddish, is based on Mendele Mocher Sforim’s 1873 story. (Sforim’s real name was Sholem Yakov Abramovich; mocher sforim means bookseller.) Ulmer, the great director of The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945), filmed Di klyatshe—literally, The Mare—in […]