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The Death of Poe (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 11 October 2006 (USA)
A dramatic retelling of the last weeks in the life of poet Edgar Allan Poe with theories about the cause of his mental breakdown and premature death in 1849 Baltimore.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin G. Shinnick ...
Dr. John Moran
Mrs. Moran
Tony Tsendeas ...
Kimberly Hannold ...
Henry Herring
Joseph Walker
George Stover ...
Thadeus Wainwright / Zacharlah Wainwright
J.R. Lyston ...
The Irishman
Curt Boushel ...
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Chuck Richards ...
The Stranger in Richmond
Deborah L. Murphy ...
Maria Clemm (as Debra Murphy)
Dave Ellis ...
Cornelius Ryan (as David Ellis)
Jimmyo Burril ...
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In late September 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was bound on a trip to New York City. Mysteriously, he was discovered several days later, raving and incoherent, in a Baltimore gutter. For three days he lay delirious in a hospital (renowned for body snatching) and there he died. To this day, the cause of his death remains a mystery. Mixing authentic recreations of Poe's life and last days with terrifying imagery from his stories, THE DEATH OF POE is a cinematic chronicle of the great writer's final journey into madness and fear. Written by Anonymous

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Visual and emotional feast
28 January 2007 | by (Burbank, California) – See all my reviews

Fascnating and compelling, THE DEATH OF POE not only gives the author his due and creates a remarkable evocation of its era, it echoes Poe's themes unobtrusively within its dramatic construct. The "sorrows of the lost Lenore" (the loss of his teenage wife) are apparent in Poe's subjective hallucinations; the duality of "William Wilson" is an influence in the scene noted above with Redfield and fellow Baltimorian George Stover; the panic and confusion of the protagonist in "Pit and the Pendulum" crops up in Poe's jail scene and his "missing days," and maybe I'm wrong, but I see a whiff of M. Valdemar in the last, near-comatose days of Poe in hospital. But the evocations are not blatant, they are suggestive.

The screenwriters know not to overload their actors with too much period dialogue. Like GANGS OF NEW YORK, there is enough to give the feel of period without making everyone sound like a walking cinematic cliché. Poe himself is almost taciturn on screen, though well-represented in voice-over: a good choice, since the sparseness of dialogue makes a leading character more intriguing.

Costumes, sets and photography are superb, just what is needed. Additional material on the DVD, with appropriate new accompanying music by Jennifer Rouse, is uniformly excellent.

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