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The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher Poster
The Fall of the House of Usher Poster

Released

1928

Runtime

66

The Fall of the House of Usher

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What's it About

After his beautiful young wife Madeleine (Gance) dies from a dreadful, unknown illness, artist Roderick Usher (Debucourt), the last in a doomed family line, paints feverishly in his gloomy, nightmarish mansion to assuage his grief. But is Madeleine really dead?

Why we love it

Epstein's sterling adaptation of the well-known Poe story remains one of the most haunting and visually adventurous horror movies of the silent era. Certainly, the film's expressionistic use of slow-motion techniques and eerie settings owes a lot to the presence of surrealist Luis Buñuel, who served as assistant director. Gance (wife of French director Abel) is radiant, too, even as a shrouded specter. With its lurid, foggy air of mystery and demented otherworldliness, "Usher" is a triumph of the gothic sensibility.

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