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The Fall of the House of Usher

USA 1928
directed by James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber
starring Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, Melville Webber
based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe

short, silent
House of Usher

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Roderick Usher (Herbert Stern) and his sister Madeline (Hildegarde Watson) are living in their mansion as reclusives, and while she is suffering from catatonia, he more and more succumbs to some form of madness. When a traveller (Melville Webber) seeks abode in their home, he can only witness the siblings destroying themselves, as Roderick has Madeline entombed after her latest (and most severe) attack of catatonia, and then goes mad over it, not at all helped from the fact that the not quite dead Madeline returns from her grave. In the end, the house of Usher virtually destroys itself ...

 

Granted, this is not an easily accessible film, and if you have not read Edgar Allan Poe's story it's based on, you will have a difficult time makiing sense of it at all.

That all said, Fall of the House of Usher is a fascinating film, a film that tells its story in expressionist settings and almost entirely in associative images rather than follow any rules of straight storytelling, and despite the fact that most of the images created in the movie are as far removed from realism as possible, it still creates an eery atmosphere of unease and comes across as properly spooky.

Recommended, but do yourself a favour and read Poe's story first!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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