La chute de la maison Usher (1928)
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- The Fall of the House of Usher
- 63 min.
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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.
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!
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This movie ranks #5 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream Is a Genius
This movie ranks #38 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten
This movie ranks #80 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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This movie ranks #151 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #159 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #164 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #202 in Anthology Film Archives's Essential Cinema