La chute de la maison Usher (1928)
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- The Fall of the House of Usher
- 63 min.
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Yeah @TheMajor! Look what the trivia of IMDb says "Luis Buñuel, who was Assistant Director, quit the picture after clashing with producer/director Jean Epstein over Epstein's decision to basically ignore Edgar Allan Poe's story". Beautiful and dark soundtrack though!
Beautiful to watch, but... I assumed that Edgar Allan Poe's highly descriptive and imaginary tales would benefit from a visualized adaptation like this, but the narrative aspect really suffers. Although I have not seen many silent adaptations of his works, silent film may not be the best medium. His tales are best read and visualized in the mind. A film of his works could use a little more darkness, horror and tension.
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This movie ranks #5 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream is a Genius
This movie ranks #38 in Silent but not Forgotten: The best silent films
This movie ranks #80 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #150 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #164 in The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #201 in Anthology Film Archives' Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #250 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #342 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?