Slate to fete Ulmer films

Cinematheque to screen works of low-budget helmer

The American Cinematheque will resurrect the work of Edgar G. Ulmer, screening 25 prints of the late director’s films Aug. 4-15 at the Egyptian Theatre.

On the bill Aug. 7 are “Detour,” starring noir queen Ann Savage, and the only surviving print of jazz sendup “Carnegie Hall.” Savage is slated to appear for a discussion after the screenings.

The other fest headliner is Robert Clarke, who will attend the showing of his loopy sci-fi thriller “The Man From Planet X.”

Also noteworthy will be the U.S. preem of 1929’s “Menschen Am Sonntag” (People on Sunday), which was co-helmed by Ulmer and Fred Zinnemann, and scripted by Billy Wilder.

Ulmer (1904-1972) shot low-budget pics in such obscure genres as baroque sci-fi and black musicals.

Other standouts from the retrospective include restored 35mm prints of “The Black Cat,” starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, and “The Wife of Monte Cristo,” with Lenore Aubert. In “Cat,” Karloff plays a devil-worshipping priest; in “Wife,” Aubert stars as a masked avenger who saves Paris from drug peddlers.

For a complete “Strange Illusions” film schedule, call (323) 466-3456.

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