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La Chute de la Maison Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

France 1928
produced by
Jean Epstein
directed by Jean Epstein
starring Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy, Fournez-Goffard, Luc Dartagnan, Abel Gance, Halma, Pierre Hot, Pierre Kefer
screnplay by Jean Epstein, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe, adaptation by Luis Bunuel, art direction by Pierre Kefer, assistant director: Luis Bunuel

silent
House of Usher

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Allan (Charles Lamy) has come to visit his old friend Roderick Usher (Jean Debucourt) in his creepy mansion that's shunned by the locals, and though Allan seems to refuse to see it, it's obvious that Roderick is slowly going insane. He paints the portrait of his wife Madeleine (Marguerite Gance) like a maniac, unable so see her failing health it seems - or rather unwilling to help her before his picture is finished - and once the painting is done, Madeleine breaks down, dead. Roderick though is convinced she will come back to life and refuses to have her coffin nailed shut ... and return she does, to lay final waste to the already decaying house of Usher.

 

La Chute de la Maison Usher is simply a joy to look at, it impresses its audience with expressionist and surreal imagery, very artistic camerawork and (at least for its time) innovative shots and camera movements. However, the exquisite look of the movie is not mirrored in its story, which is, simply put, moronic. Basically, many liberties have been taken with Edgar Allan Poe's original short story, and all to the film's disadvantage. Plus, the newly deviced plot elements are only poorly integrated into the film's plot while the elements retained from the original now seem weirdly unhinged. On top of that, none of the characters really come to life, they all just remain rough concepts throughout, which doesn't help one bit either.

Still, the film is wonderful to look at - but basically, that's it!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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