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Zánik domu Usherú (1982)

In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother's ... See full summary »

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story "The Fall of the House of Usher"), Jan Svankmajer

Star:

Petr Cepek
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In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother's senses have become painfully acute, while his sister has become nearly catatonic. As the visitor's stay at the mansion continues, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax, and he must choose between his concern for his hosts' safety, and his own. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

June 1982 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fall of the House of Usher See more »

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Krátký Film Praha See more »
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Mono
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THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (Jan Svankmajer, 1982) **
12 October 2013 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

An abstract claymation version of Edgar Allan Poe's famous horror tale. The lack of a proper narrative here ultimately makes one appreciate the original intent more readily than admire – or enjoy – the obvious effort involved. Admittedly, my low estimation of this short film has much to do with the fact that the verbose Czech narration was not supplied in an English-friendly form (being solely accompanied by Spanish subtitles). The original source material is among the tormented American author's most famous works which, consequently, has had innumerable adaptations for both the big and small screens; I have three of the latter planned for future viewing during this ongoing Halloween marathon. Again, the seminal Corman/Poe film version from 1960 is the most popular but one should not forget that the narrative can lend itself equally to Art – Jean Epstein's 1928 avant-garde classic – and Trash – Jesus Franco's REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHER (1982)!


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