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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:

The Fall of the House of Usher See more »

Filming Locations:

Rochester, New York, USA

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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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Caligari School
14 May 2006 | by ww_sketcherSee all my reviews

The Fall of the House of Usher has suffered a rather bad fate as a film, due to numerous problems.

Not due to the fact that it's a bad film, on the contrary, but due to it's name. In the same year there was also a french full-length with the same name by Jean Epstein. And there are countless other recreations of this of the Fall in the House of Usher story.

This film succeeds as a silent short expressed mostly through visuals and mood. It's not so much horror as it as an excuse to show surrealist images of words floating, off camera angles and general dillusion.

The only thing that may put people off about this short is that it's clearly more about lush enchanting visuals then it is as a good representation on the Edgar Allan Poe piece.

This is a fine silent short, and is highly recommended to fans of early silent expressionist cinema.


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