Coming before a movie, the name “Allan Dwan” under the director’s credit connotes a no-frills simplicity—his nickname was “Practicality Dwan”—a simplicity touching on purity. When I am exhausted with movies, movies, ever more movies, all clangorously insisting on making their impression felt, I need only return to the healing springs of Allan Dwan, and a measure of innocence is regained.
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In his peripatetic career, Ulmer, born in 1904 in the present-day Czech Republic, cast off films like so many seeds along the winding path of his thirty-five year career. With a diverse, uneven, and fecund output not lending itself to comprehensive retrospective, Ulmer’s films tend to be screened in the same piecemeal fashion that they were made.
These films argue that, like the storms and government mismanagement that ruined the lives of New Orleans’ lower-class communities, there’s a larger tragedy that’s been unfolding across America’s mid-sized cities for the last several decades. Its effects have been just as damaging as a hurricane, leaving urban wastelands and widespread poverty in its wake.