Why This Director?: One of the essential noir directors.
My Last Experience Was…: People on Sunday/Black Cat. (And Cossacks in Exile, which was blah.)
What Did I Watch: Bluebeard. (Wanted to save Detour for a rainy hour.)
Where Does He Fit: Bluebeard badly needs a restoration if it’s possible, especially with its most loaded sequence coming early on when we see a puppet opera that results in the entire picture turning into a dissection of fairy tales and what they play. A tie used for strangulation turns into the glass slipper from Cinderella, the myth in the title refers to the classism present all over the place, a weird world where grown women go watch puppeteers. Nothing makes any sense, exactly, but it all holds together as a crazy portrait thanks to Ulmer’s tricks with light in the eyes and strings everywhere.
Most Valuable Asset: The delirium of poverty.
Most Excited For: Detour, of course.
Coming Up Next: Marcel Pagnol, Cahiers whipping boy.