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)
The French silent film La Chute de la Maison Usher is adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's Fall of the House of Usher. Director Jean Epstein studiously avoids cheap shocks in this tale of hereditary madness, choosing instead a tightly controlled, spookily subtle technique. The hero, having indirectly caused the death of his beloved, stubbornly tries to resurrect her spirit by devoting himself to painting and sculpture. Epstein conveys the twilight zone between life and death with lingering dissolves and brilliant utilization of slow motion. The production design of La Chute de la Maison Usher,… More
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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