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The Fall of the House of Usher

La chute de la maison Usher (Silent, English Intertitles)
Location
Main screening room
Date
August 25th, 2022
Duration
63 min
Cycle
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Making lists is an activity moviegoers are fond of. Every year, the same ritual: compilation of the ten best films, with comparative analyses, debates, heated discussions. But what about the ultimate list of the most outstanding films in the history of cinema? That is to say, those films that must be seen, those that have forever transformed the art of cinema, but also our way of seeing a culture, of understanding the world as well as our own lives? This program aims to tackle this challenge with nearly eighty films, produced between 1916 and 1960, while waiting for your lists!

At the piano : Chantale Morin

The Fall of the House of Usher
Directed by
Jean Epstein
Language
Silent, English Intertitles
Actors
Marguerite Gance, Jean Debucourt, Charles Lamy
Origins
France
Year
1928
Duration
63 min
Genre
Drama, fantasy, silent
Format
16 mm
Synopsis

As Frederick Usher paints the portrait of his wife, she becomes increasingly weak. She soon succumbs, but Usher refuses to believe she is dead. The film interweaves the short stories The Fall of the House of Usher and The Oval Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe.

The Fall of the House of Usher

Jean Epstein

Jean Epstein (25 March 1897 – 2 April 1953) was a French filmmaker, film theorist, literary critic, and novelist. Although he is remembered today primarily for his adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, he directed three dozen films and was an influential critic of literature and film from the early 1920s through the late 1940s. He is often associated with French Impressionist Cinema and the concept of photogénie.

(Wikipedia)

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