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Monday, March 7, 2011

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

The Fall of the House of Usher is the most visually stunning 13 minutes of film I've ever seen.  It completely blew me away with its angular German Expressionistic sets and amazing cinematography.  You simply cannot take your eyes off of it.  Granted, you don't always know what's going on either, but it's one heck of a trippy ride.  
The film is based on the short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe and follows the source material faithfully.  Directors James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber [who also plays the mysterious traveler in the film] layer image upon image in a way that is trance-like and hypnotic.  Symbolism abounds everywhere and the minimal use of text also adds a sense of mystery to the film.  One cannot be distracted by anything else.  If you're eyes are not glued to the film for every second, you feel as if you might miss something.  Surprisingly, both of these directors film resumes are very short, consisting of three films each.  What a pity.  There are much lesser talents that churn out bad film after bad film and no one seems to have the will to stop them.  [I'm not naming names.  You can figure it out for yourself.]  Too bad these two did not get the opportunity to do more.  They've accomplished more in 13 minutes than some filmmakers accomplish in a lifetime.  Don't miss this one!
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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