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Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Charles Klein (writer)
An expressionistic film based on Poe's story, about a murderer and his mental breakdown. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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THE TELLTALE HEART (Charles F. Klein, 1928) *** See more (5 total) »


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Directed by
Charles Klein  (as Charles F. Klein)
Leon Shamroy (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Klein  writer
Edgar Allan Poe  story "The Tell-tale Heart"

Produced by
Maurice Barber .... producer
Original Music by
Sue Harshe (2009)
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy  (as Leo Shamroy)

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24 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
THE TELLTALE HEART (Charles F. Klein, 1928) ***, 11 October 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

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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