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The Telltale Heart (1928)

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

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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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THE TELLTALE HEART (Charles F. Klein, 1928) ***
11 October 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is another avant-garde treatment of a classic Poe story: again, it's a very satisfying visual experience but the slightly meatier running time – 24 minutes as opposed to THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1928)'s 13 – allows the theme of the story to fully and recognizably emerge this time around. While the deranged hero looks uncannily like a young Gary Oldman, the all-important appearance of his elderly nemesis does not disappoint (though, in retrospect, it's dispensed with a little too soon!). Most interesting here, too, are the bizarre expressionist sets – obviously modeled on the ones in THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920).


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