ISBN-10: 1844572390

ISBN-13: 9781844572397

Edition: 2008

Authors: Noah Isenberg

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Long considered an unsung gem of filmnoir, the private treasure of film buffs, cinephiles and critics, Edgar G. Ulmer7;sDetour(1945) has recently earned a new wave of recognition, judged 0;beyond remarkable1; by the film critic David Thomson. The only B-picture to make it into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress,Detourhas escaped its fate as the bastard child of one of Hollywood7;s lowliest studios. Ulmer7;s film follows, in flashback, the journey of Al Roberts (Tom Neal), a pianist hitching from New York to California to join his girlfriend Sue (Claudia Drake), a singer gone to seek her fortune in Hollywood. In classicnoirstyle,Detour features mysterious deaths, changes of identity, an unforgettablefemme fatale(Vera, played by Ann Savage), and, in Neal, a wretched, masochistic antihero. Noah Isenberg7;s study ofDetourdraws on a vast array of archival sources, unpublished letters and interviews, to provide an animated and thorough account of the film7;s production history, its critical reception, its afterlife (including various remakes) and the different ways in which the film has been understood since its release. He devotes significant attention to each of the key players in the film - the crew as well as the principal actors - while charting the uneasy transformation of Martin Goldsmith7;s pulp novel into Ulmer7;s signature film, the disagreements between the director and writer, and the severe financial and formal limitations with which Ulmer grappled. The story that Isenberg tells, rich in historical and critical insight, replicates the briskness of the B-movie form.
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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 8/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 105
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

An Unlikely Story
Pulp Fictions
Movies on the Cheap
In Search of Meaning
And the Sky was Grey
Detour Redux
Postscript: Alone in the Dark
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