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The Fall of The House of Usher (1928)

by M.I.K.

I saw this for the first time earlier this year and wasn’t sure if what I was watching was a genuine silent film or some kind of cleverly shot extended music video.

The soundtrack on this version is new, composed by Colin Z. Robertson just a couple of years ago, (and it works really well), but the film itself is genuinely of the period.

It was made in 1928, directed by James Sibley Watson Jr and Melville Webber and stars Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, and Melville Webber.

How I’ve managed to remain completely unaware of its existence until now, I don’t know, but it’s an impressively expressionistic avant garde/arty farty interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story with loads of cool cinematic effects.

If you haven’t read the source material, you’ll likely have a bit of trouble understanding what’s going on, as there’s a distinct lack of title cards explaining anything, but if you’re familiar with the story, you’ll soon realise it’s actually a pretty faithful adaptation.

It’s just over 13 minutes long. Have a gander…

by M.I.K.

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