The Fall of the House of Usher

January 19th, 2009 by Sterf

The Fall of the House of Usher   usher1 97x120 full length movies To commemerate Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday this very day, I thought it would be appropriate to break my rule of one  movie a week and present you these wonderful films based on Poe’s story The Fall of the House of Usher. Both films are made in 1928 and are silent movies. If you don’t want to offend Edgar Allan Poe’s ghost, you should at least watch the fantastic surreal shortfilm by James Sibley Watson, but if you want to show his rotting corpse the respect it so deserves you’d better watch the full movie by Jean Epstein too.


The Fall of the House of Usher

Directors: James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber
Writer: Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Release Year: 1928

This avant-garde shortfilm of about 12 minutes is a very moody and pretty psychedelic movie and captures the morbid atmosphere of Poe’s story pretty well. The surroundings are all skewed and feel more like a house of Escher instead of Usher, and makes it feel very surreal at times. Combined with lots of mirror and other optical tricks and ofcourse the wonderful and very fitting music it’s certainly a must watch. They don’t make ‘em like this any more.

Excuses for the watermark, but don’t let it ruin the experience.

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Go to the next page to see the Jean Epstein movie, La Chute de la Maison Usher. In French, but the cards are translated by what sounds like the undertaker from ‘Allo ‘Allo. And for a little bonus Poe material.

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