So you work with the Academy Film Archive as well?
The Academy has the whole collection. I decided I wanted to put everything I had at their facility because I wanted it all in Los Angeles in one place. They gave me storage early in the game, even when I didn't donate the films to them. With Hannibal, I moved 92 cans of sound, main title and end title - all of the materials. Even the paperwork was falling on me in the house. I would have had to build another room if it had kept going! I'm taking up a huge space at the Academy archive...
What became of Beyond the Time Barrier?
Beyond the Time Barrier was problematic because there is no 35mm print of it. It was shot in 35mm and I have yet to find a 35 print. There are 16mm prints all over the place that were utilized on television in the early days. I have 32 films in 16mm at the Academy.
How many of do you have in 35mm?
How did your partnership with All Day Entertainment begin?
I was going to Palm Springs to show Bluebeard. A crazy kid [David Kalat] sends me an email and he says, "I'm going to start a DVD company. I have a favorite picture and I don't know anything about the rights or materials or anything, but I know you're the daughter. Can you tell me anything about Bluebeard?" I said, "Well, I can tell you and you're in big trouble unless something works out with the Cinémathèque [Française]." Through Michael Henry Wilson, I got to know the people at the Cinémathèque and the CNC [National Cinema Center] had negatives of five Ulmer films, one of which was Detour. They did the preservation of those films on the basis that I made a contract with them in which I gave them certain European rights and, in exchange, they gave me United States and Canadian rights. I said, "If I get that together, we'll talk again."
He came out to the Palm Springs screening and it was the first screening of the preserved Bluebeard. When he looked at that print, he said, "Oh my God, I would give my right arm for it." I said, "Listen, you've been a good boy and you've waited patiently for me to get this print. I'll go into business with you on it." We started that way.
There are six thus far in the partnership. What other films are you planning on releasing?
We've already put out Strange Illusion, The Strange Woman, Pirates of Capri, Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, Bluebeard and Moon Over Harlem. They're doing a reissue that's coming out as a package, probably in the next four months, which is being done with more enrichment and additional stuff that has been found since we started this voyage. This particular voyage began seven years ago. I've since given him an extension of his rights.
It's great that these lovely prints of Ulmer's films are available, since plenty of washed-out versions of his work have been circulating around for so long. It somewhat undermined the greatness of these wonderful films.
Even if you look at Daughter of Dr. Jekyll - that film we were able to do actually from a negative and it sparkles. It's unbelievable. It's like it's the day after it was shot. It brings a whole dimension to it that nobody would remember from this funny little film.
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