La Chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher) (1928)
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French filmmaker Jean Epstein was heavily under the influence of the Russian cinema when he made his silent version of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher. Already an ultra-moody piece about a young man obsessed with death and hereditary madness, the film enhances Poe's text with extensive use of slow, slowwww motion and symbolic superimpositions. Epstein's self-conscious avant-gardeism would be abruptly dropped with his next film, the semi-documentary Finis Terrae, but it's fun while it lasts. Indulgent though it may be, Fall of the House of Usher weaves a persuasive spell when seen today. Like all of Epstein's best works, Usher successfully creates its own world with its own set of rules, then beckons us to join in...but only on its own terms. … More
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Critic Reviews for La Chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher)
One of the most imaginative and entrancing horror movies of the silent era.
The Fall of the House of Usher resides within its sealed world, as if -- yes, as if buried alive.
A strange mix of Gothic design, modern austerity, expressionist angles, graceful camerawork and surreal effects, it's an atmospheric classic...
The film denies us the safe distance between viewer and viewed, and it does this so effectively that its horrors are occurring all around us.
The mixture of English Gothic, French Grand Guignol and American low-budget thrills make for an intoxicating brew.
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