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La chute de la maison Usher (1928)

Not Rated | | Horror | 5 October 1928 (France)
Allan visits the sinister Usher family mansion, where his friend Roderick is painting a portrait of his sickly wife Madeline. The portrait seems to be draining the life out of Madeline, slowly leading to her death.

Director:

Jean Epstein

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (short story), Luis Buñuel (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Debucourt ... Sir Roderick Usher
Marguerite Gance Marguerite Gance ... Madeleine Usher
Charles Lamy Charles Lamy ... Allan - the Guest
Fournez-Goffard Fournez-Goffard ... The Doctor
Luc Dartagnan Luc Dartagnan ... Bar costumer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abel Gance ... Bar costumer
Halma Halma ... Bar Waiter
Pierre Hot Pierre Hot ... Bar costumer
Pierre Kefer Pierre Kefer ... Bar costumer
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Storyline

Allan has a hard time finding the Usher's house, which is known to be cursed... But he is a personal friend of Roderick Usher, who lives with his sick wife Madeline and a doctor. Roderick is painting a portrait of Madeline, but every pose exhausts her. Allan worries more and more... Written by Yepok

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 October 1928 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La caída de la casa Usher See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Jean Epstein See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Luis Buñuel, who was Assistant Director, quit the picture after clashing with producer/director Jean Epstein over Epstein's decision to basically ignore Edgar Allan Poe's story. See more »

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Version of The Fall of the House of Usher (1942) See more »

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Dazzling Convulsive Beauty & Phantasmagoria!
26 April 2003 | by MusidoraSee all my reviews

I've read the Poe source for this film more times than I can remember, and Epstein's film captures that story's sense of decay and degeneracy the best by far. Corman's version can't hold a candle to this film; in fact, I feel as if I'm doing a grave disservice to Epstein's work by mentioning Corman's film in the same sentence with it. Let it pass.

Although I'd read about Epstein's USHER for many years and pondered the stills, particularly of the Lady Madeline in her billowing, winding sheet, I was not at all prepared for the terrifying beauty and hypnotic delirium of this motion picture.

It's certainly not for all tastes, and, for those not particularly well-read in outre or occult literature, it will be inscrutable. But for those with an open mind and an appreciation of convulsive beauty, it's hard to find a more exquisite film.


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