Jean Epstein

The Fall of the House of Usher

La chute de la maison Usher

France 1928
In French with Finnish and English subtitles
63 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Jean Epstein
Screenplay: Jean Epstein, Luis Buñuel, perustuu Edgar Allan Poen novelliin
Cast: Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy, Fournez-Goffard
Production: Jean Epstein / Films Jean Epstein
Print Source: La Cinémathèque française

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928), based on Edgar Allan Poe’s writing and adapted to screen by Jean Epstein and Luis Buñuel, is a delirious gem of early silent cinema, that should be seen at least once – preferably accompanied by live music.

The Fall of the House of Usher is movie magic at its best. Visually stunning, steeped in a dark atmosphere all the way through, the film keeps the viewer in its grip and will loom large in the mind for a long time.

Tender poetry and the darkest colours of darkness meet both onscreen and on the soundtrack. Ringa Manner aka The Hearing, in high demand and currently touring with the band Ruusut, is the perfect accompanist to the dark-toned film.

-Otto Kylmälä/Loud Silents Festival