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The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher
Actors: Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy, Fournez-Goffard, Luc Dartagnan
Director: Jean Epstein
Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
NR     2001     1hr 3min

As his beautiful young wife Madeleine dies slowly of some dread ailment, fevered artist Roderick Usher asks his old friend Allan to keep him company in these morbid times. Shortly after Allan arrives, Madeleine dies--or do...  more »


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Actors: Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy, Fournez-Goffard, Luc Dartagnan
Director: Jean Epstein
Creators: Georges Lucas, Jean Lucas, Jean Epstein, Edgar Allan Poe, Luis Bu˝uel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Silent Films, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 05/15/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/2028
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2028
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 3min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Slow and Disturbing
Edgar 'n' Son | The West | 02/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I knew very little about this story when I saw the movie, but it turned out to be an excellent horror movie. Not a modern slasher film, but something slow and creepy that gets under your skin. It's frightening, but for no apparent reason. Unfortunately not a movie that would get made today."
Very nice!
Dancing Ganesha | Bangalore, India | 05/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A beautiful film with talented actors. Dreamy. Hypnotic. Highly surrealistic, artistic, and arresting.I immediately recognised that this must have influenced Dario Argento's surreal Suspiria, and, after some research, found out that in fact, it did (to think that this film inspired Argento is something that I really enjoyed finding out!)(The soundtrack to this film is also very appropriate, very unearthly, ethereal.)"
Silent, sinister & solid version of Poe's tale
Hazen B Markoe | St. Paul, MN United States | 07/03/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This silent film by French avant-guarde film director Jean Epstein is a unique, and dark take on the classic Poe tale of premature burial and internal decay of the soul. Combining the story "The Oval Portrait" with the Usher story, Epstein and his actors create a solid narrative. The camera work is very powerful, helping to convey the nightmare within the story. If you enjoy silent films and Poe's work, I would highly recommend this one."
"with one look .........
Dancing Ganesha | 07/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

".....this artwork will freeze your heart!It has a Medusa touch, you're slowly drawn into this grotesque, balletic interpretation of E.A. Poe's study of decay, delusion and eventual death? Well, maybe.The music by Rolande De Cande aptly punctuates the mood. [Excellent in "surround"].Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamay and [shudder!] the bespectacled/dome headed doctor Fournez-Gouffard as well as the servant Luc Dartagnan convey volumes with just a look ---- in the right direction. {You don't want to stay too long in their company, there might just be an unfortunate "occurrence"}.A primer lesson for any film student. This neglected work, lovingly restored to almost pristine youth well deserves to be visited, frequently! An inspiration to later works like "Suspiria"; "The Haunting" [original black and white version]and especially "The Innocents". Trivia: Poe may or may not have written this work "Under the Influence" - he favored the mix of laudanum {tincture of opium} and alcohol, Enough ! - According to Poe, he drank and partook of drugs to keep himself from going insane!"