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The Fall of the House of Usher 1928

  • Jean Epstein
  • October 28, 1928
  • 63 mins
  • French
  • Drama, Horror
Adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's Fall of the House of Usher, director Jean Epstein studiously avoids cheap shocks in this tale of hereditary madness, choosing instead a tightly controlled, spookily subtle technique. The hero, having indirectly caused the death of his beloved, stubbornly tries to resurrect her spirit by devoting himself to painting and sculpture. Epstein conveys the twilight zone between life and death with lingering dissolves and brilliant utilization of slow motion.


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Not sure this is right. Searched by the IMDB of the version I've just seen - 13-minute American silent - and it comes up with this one, which is clearly the wrong one.

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This is a silent movie, incidentally.

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