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Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

The first U.S. adaptation of the Usher tale is an excellent glimpse into late 1920s avant-garde silent cinema; an era that embraced expressionistic and experimental forms. It’s a collage of painted perspectives, overlays, angular sets and kaleidoscopic, fractured frames (achieved by shooting through a prism) and with it being B+W there’s an alluring interplay between light and shadow. The resultant dreamlike structure is like madness projected, so not any dream you’d want to sell up shop and go live in.

4 coffin lids out of 5

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