24. Edgar G. Ulmer
Chris Fujiwara

Director Edgar G. Ulmer is famous for the intensity and inventiveness he brought to the corrosive, despairing low-budget thriller "Detour," but the rest of his body of work, which includes many equally remarkable films, remains obscure. Working in the nether regions of the Hollywood film industry, Ulmer pursued a mystical vision of mise-en-scene, seeing in film the possibility of the redemption of the material conditions of life. He is the epitome of all the filmmakers who believe in cinema more than they believe in the world.