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The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher, are living under a mysterious family curse: Roderick's senses have become ... See full summary »

Directors:

James Sibley Watson (as J.S. Watson Jr.), Melville Webber

Writer:

Edgar Allan Poe (story) (as Poe)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Herbert Stern Herbert Stern ... Roderick Usher
Hildegarde Watson Hildegarde Watson ... Madeline Usher
Melville Webber Melville Webber ... A Traveller
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Storyline

A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher, are living under a mysterious family curse: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become nearly catatonic. As the visitor's stay at the mansion continues, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Short | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated
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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Release Date:

20 September 2011 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

I ptosi tou oikou ton Usher See more »

Filming Locations:

Rochester, New York, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2000 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate Versions

In 1972, Film Archives Company copyrighted a version with a music score, presented by Raymond Rohauer.
  • In 2000, the National Film Preservation Foundation issued a 4-disk boxed DVD containing this movie with a music score, and running 13 minutes. This film was preserved by the George Eastman House.
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Early American Experimental Cinema: USA by way of UFA

Intriguing early experimental treatment of Poe from the same filmmakers who would bring us the even more astonishing "Lot In Sodom" in 1933. Doesn't compete with the equally avant-garde feature length version made at the same time by Jean Epstein & Luis Bunuel, yet stands well on its own. More of a tribute to UFA & German Expressionism than an outright imitation, with specific nods to Caligari, Der Golem, and Faust. Visually rewarding for lighting, cinematography, sets, makeup. Compiled in a skewed fashion reminiscent of the structure of a nightmare. Captures the wonderfully gloomy, morbid atmosphere of Poe's work, the claustrophobic ambiance of "Usher" in particular. A treat for fans of the genre, in addition to being sufficiently unusual & brief (just over 12 minutes) to hold the average viewer's attention. At one time, this film was available on an anthology videotape called "American Avant-Garde" along with the aforementioned "Lot In Sodom." Great stuff if you're lucky enough to track it down.


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