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Les Femmes Fatales: A Tribute to Two Dark Beauties

Tuesday, January 2, 1979
7:30 p.m. The Strange Woman
Edgar G. Ulmer (USA,1946)

Edgar G. Ulmer, whose name became a kind of "auteur" password for the French critics of the fifties (Truffaut above all), realized one of his best (and most expensive) productions with The Strange Woman, which starred Hedy Lamarr in what the New York Times referred to as "a sombre drama of a suave sinner in Bangor, Maine, of a century ago." The Times called Lamarr's character "a Lilith among lumbermen," which should give some idea of what can be expected from The Strange Woman.

• Produced by Hunt Stromberg and Jack Chertok. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer . Screenplay by Herb Meadow, based on the novel by Ben Ames Williams. Photographed by Lucien Andriot. With Hedy Lamarr, Dennis Hoey, Gene Lockhart, Louis Hayward, George Sanders. (1946, 100 mins, Print Courtesy of Budget Films)