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The Telltale Heart (1928)

| Short, Drama, Horror
An expressionistic film based on Poe's story, about a murderer and his mental breakdown.

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(as Charles F. Klein), (uncredited)

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, (story "The Tell-tale Heart")
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An insane man first loves then grows to hate his neighbor, an old man whose penetrating gaze unnerves the insane man. He plans a perfect crime and executes it one night. The next day, two officers knock on the insane man's door, investigating a shriek heard in the night. The insane man invites them in, answers their questions, and submits to an examination of his eyes by one of the officers, who proclaims him innocent. The insane man invites them to stay and relax awhile, then regales them with his theories of crime. His heart begins to beat louder. Angles on the set are skewed to suggest the man's internal disarray. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A print exists in the National Film and Television Archive of the British Film Institute film archive. See more »

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Version of Mind's Eye (1998) See more »

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Interesting adaptation of a classic story
2 December 2006 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Influenced by 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' in its stylized set design, this Poe adaptation has a narrative-driven structure, without much experimentation in the line of, say, 'The Fall of the House of Usher' (the American film), released in the same year. That does not mean it doesn't offer creative solutions for the storytelling. But it is a more modest film. The main actor is made to look like Poe himself, a nice idea in my opinion as Poe's stories are probably deeply related with his own neuroses and fears. Also, the actor playing the old man conveys exactly the image intended by Poe's text, especially the pale eyes with a film on them. Overall, a worthy film, recommended for fans of silent cinema.


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