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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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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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Genres:

Short | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated
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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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Version of The Fall of the House of Usher (1979) See more »

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4 November 2001 | by AposticSee all my reviews

This example of cinema is composed as avant garde expressionism. It uses various prism shots, multiple exposures, slow motion (forward and reverse), and inventive uses of sets and miniatures. Creative and experimental, it's a showcase for the filmmakers. However, this is to story telling what ballet is to story telling; you'd have to have some familiarity with the original to make sense of the action. Not meant for human consumption. There's a fine line between "artistic" and "arty," and like most ultimately pointless examples of avant garde, this carefully crafted work is pretentious enough for easy derision by the common observer.


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

20 September 2011 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fall of the House of 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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