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Gary D. Rhodes is a lecturer in film studies at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Chapter 1 Table of Contents
Chapter 2 Dedication
Chapter 3 Introduction
Part 4 I: Texts and Contexts
Chapter 5 1. Edgar G. Ulmer: The Low-End Independent FilmmakerPar Excellence
Chapter 6 2. Edgar G. Ulmer: The Godfather of Sexploitation?
Chapter 7 3. At the Border: Edgar G. Ulmer's The Singing Blacksmith (1938) and Cossacks in Exile (1939)
Part 9 II: Film Noir
Chapter 10 4. Dead Fathers and Other Detours: Ulmer's Noir
Chapter 11 5. See Spot: The Parametric Film Noirs of Edgar G. Ulmer
Chapter 12 6. Even the Pictures Lie: The Unreliable Narrator in the Film Noirs of Edgar G. Ulmer
Chapter 13 7. Edgar G. Ulmer's Homicidal Noirs: Psychosis and Possession in Strange Illusion, The Strange Woman, and Bluebeard
Chapter 14 8. All Wrong Turns: Tracking Subjectivity in Detour (1945)
Chapter 15 9. Masculinity and Masochism in Detour (1945)
Part 16 III: Individual Films
Chapter 17 10. Puppets and Painting: Authorship and Artistry in Edgar G. Ulmer's Bluebeard
Chapter 18 11. Beyond Citizen Kane: Ruthless as Radical Psychobiography
Chapter 19 12. "The Gateway to America": Assimilation and Art in Carnegie Hall (1947)
Chapter 20 13. Meeting The Man From Planet X (1951)
Chapter 21 14. Nothing to Hyde: Reading The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957)
Chapter 22 15. Murder, Family, and Weird Science:The Amazing Transparent Man
Chapter 23 16. "A Sword and Sandal Gone Screwy" or, Edgar G. Ulmer's Journey to the Lost City—L'Atlantide
Part 24 IV: Case Study—The Black Cat (1934)
Chapter 25 17. Bauhaus of Horrors: Edgar G. Ulmer and The Black Cat
Chapter 26 18 The Devil's Contract: The Satisfaction of Self-Destruction in Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat
Chapter 27 19 "Tremonstrous" Hopes and "Oke" Results: The 1934 Reception of The Black Cat
Gary D. Rhodes, a master at making out-of-the-way topics both accessible and appealing, performs a grand service with this savvy forum on the strange and necessary filmmaking career of Edgar G. Ulmer. From the martyred brilliance of The Black Cat through the unlikely finery of Bluebeard and Detour—with his own tangle of detours into ethnic cinema, symphonic soap opera, and drive-in schlockery—Ulmer comes into view for the first time as a compleat artist, perhaps the most influential forebear of the New Century's independent-cinema movement.
— Michael H. Price, Author of Forgotten Horrors, Vols. 1-5
Few filmmakers have been as criminally underrated as Edgar G. Ulmer, doyen of Hollywood's more modest studios and an artist of rare, luminous talent. Four decades after his death his unique and idiosyncratic oeuvre receives proper and rightful consideration in Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row—a book that probes into the genius behind Ulmer's shoestring offerings and finds it lurking there, in abundance.
— Tony Earnshaw, National Media Museum (UK)
These authors have interesting and sometimes challenging ideas and write about them well. Rhode's volume shows the hand of a strong editor with strong convictions, which are laid out in his introduction.
— Bill Krohn; Cineaste
This volume fills an important gap in film studies, offering many insights into the work of a key auteur, the understudied Edgar G. Ulmer. Using Ulmer's many contributions as a lens, it shows the roles of the small independent film company and independent filmmaker in the Hollywood studio era. By taking us through Ulmer's work directing ethnic and minority films, his creative producing practices, and his signature efforts at fashioning a visual style that invariably transcended low budgets and creaky narratives, Gary Rhodes and his contributors have provided one of the most revealing assessments to date of alternative film practices in an era largely dominated by a classical narrative aesthetic. Detour on Poverty Row is a significant contribution to film history.
— J. P. Telotte, Georgia Institute of Technology; author of Science Fiction TV; editor of The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader