La Chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher)
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La Chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher)
French filmmaker Jean Epstein was heavily under the influence of the Russian cinema when he made his silent version of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher. Already an ultra-moody piece about a young man obsessed with death and hereditary madness, the film enhances Poe's text with extensive use of slow, slowwww motion and symbolic superimpositions. Epstein's self-conscious avant-gardeism would be abruptly dropped with his next film, the semi-documentary Finis Terrae, but it's fun while it lasts. Indulgent though it may be, Fall of the House of Usher weaves a persuasive spell when… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the most imaginative and entrancing horror movies of the silent era."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The film denies us the safe distance between viewer and viewed, and it does this so effectively that its horrors are occurring all around us."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The Fall of the House of Usher resides within its sealed world, as if -- yes, as if buried alive."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The mixture of English Gothic, French Grand Guignol and American low-budget thrills make for an intoxicating brew."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A strange mix of Gothic design, modern austerity, expressionist angles, graceful camerawork and surreal effects, it's an atmospheric classic..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Through kaleidoscopic composition, Epstein affects Rorschach-like chiaroscuro, every image a dense, sludgy viscera, a looking glass held up to the audience and characters, daring us to pass through."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine