Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer (87min, USA, 1940)
Yiddish // Restored and with new English subtitles by The National Center for Jewish Film
Sponsored by the Arthur “The Street Singer” Tracy endowment fund honoring the memory and musical legacy of Arthur Tracy.
Leo Fuchs, known on Second Avenue as “the Yiddish Fred Astaire,” plays an elegant and eligible bachelor who can never seem to close the marriage deal. An art deco romantic comedy about male ambivalence and Jewish assimilation, Edgar G. Ulmer’s last Yiddish movie was also his most modern. With its urbane, neurotic hero, American Matchmaker heralds the films of Woody Allen.
Co-Sponsored by the Esther Saks Abelman Yiddish Culture Fund
In 1941, Ulmer returned to Hollywood. There, among many other low-budget genre films, he made the quintessential film noir, Detour in 1945; his last movies were produced in Europe. An underground auteur, largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Ulmer has since taken his place among cinema’s legendary figures—an inspiration for the French new wave and a precursor of the American independent film movement, as well as an innovative and unique stylist in his own right. -J. Hoberman