THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

by J.S. WATSON, JR. & Melville WEBBER
1928 / 35mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 12' 00

A short silent film adaptation of the 1839 short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. A traveller arrives at the desolate 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 continues to get weaker with time. When Madeline apparently dies, Roderick has her buried in the family vault, not realizing she is merely in a catatonic state. Madeline awakens in her tomb, and realizing she has been buried alive, descends into madness as she escapes her coffin and seeks revenge.
"The use of superimpositions, canted angles and tracking shots combine to create a sense of delirium....[the film] jettisons any pretense of plot and character and focuses instead on the presentation of Expressionistic visual effects." - Tony Howarth

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distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 51,00 €