Edgar G. Ulmer, 1948
USA | Format: 35mm | 104 minutes
Noah Isenberg, co-curator and author of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, in person at both screenings!
Often thought of as Ulmer’s Citizen Kane on the cheap, his study of American capitalism and runaway greed—scripted, without formal credit, by blacklisted writer Alvah Bessie—boasts the A-list acting talent of Zachary Scott and Sidney Greenstreet, both on loan-out from Warner Bros. Chronicling the rise and fall of Horace Vendig (Scott)—a tale lifted from the pages of Dayton Stoddart’s Prelude to Night—the film presents an archetypal man who craves and ultimately captures all that others have. Its core message, riddled with delicious cynicism, hasn’t lost any of its timeliness. —Noah Isenberg
Restored 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Franco American Cultural Fund.
Image courtesy of Eagle-Lion Films Inc. / Photofest.