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The Fall of the House of Usher


Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, Melville Webber View All


Edgar Allan Poe (Story), James Sibley Watson (Director), Melville Webber (Director) View All

Release: Dec. 31st, 1928
Runtime: 13 minutes
In a decaying castle surrounded by a dank, mirrored lake live the morbidly nervous Roderick Usher and his sickly twin sister, Madeline. Their tale is told and dimly comprehended by the unnamed narrator, a boyhood friend whom Roderick has summoned. When Madeline soon dies—or seems to die—they entomb her body. On a stormy night, "cracking and ripping" sounds and a "shriek" from below convince the panicky Roderick that "We have put her living into...
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Sometimes when you're watching a movie from the 20s, there's a scene that's framed kind of flat, or a performance that just doesn't work, and you think "Well, yeah, the early days of film and they were still figuring things out..


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