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The Tell-Tale Heart (1991)

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From master storyteller Edgar Allan Poe, this stunning adaptation brings to life what is perhaps Poe?s best known short story. Murder, madness and betrayal from within interweave in this ... See full summary »

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Robert E. Reynolds
Michael Sollazzo
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From master storyteller Edgar Allan Poe, this stunning adaptation brings to life what is perhaps Poe?s best known short story. Murder, madness and betrayal from within interweave in this fascinating study into the mind of one driven by his won demons to take the life of another. Written by Anonymous

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19 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poe's classic tale of madness, imagined realities and tortured conscience is...not brought to cinematic life here.

This is simply a filmed play; the narrator iterates the story to us as though we are sitting in a theater audience. The only perspectives unique to a camera are that of the lantern close-ups and the 'vulture eye' close ups.

There's nothing worth seeking out here for cinephiles. This ends when the performance ends...for cinema, this would require that some visual aspect lingers and haunts us. It wouldn't have been so hard, it would just take some clever shooting, editing and composition. Even 'The Bells', a silent film, is more memorable.


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