Movie Diary 9/19/2022

The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934). Still a strange and stunning film. “Supernatural? Perhaps. Baloney? Perhaps not.”

American Matchmaker (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1940). One of the Yiddish films Ulmer made after splitting with the Hollywood big leagues, a low-budget screwball comedy with songs, about a bachelor who goes undercover as a matchmaker; ah, but playing with matches a boy can get burned (to borrow a lyric from a different musical), and his experience results in (you’ll never see this coming) finally finding someone for himself. Quite enjoyable, full of people who know how to bring the oomph. There are a few directing flourishes and in general a kind of good sense about how to frame all of this schmegegge.

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