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The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) Courtesy: La Cinémathèque française

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

The Fall of the House of Usher

La chute de la maison Usher

Jean Epstein | France | 1928

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21 - 27 Oct 2020

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One of the most imaginative and entrancing horror movies of the silent era.

Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Called “the cinematic equivalent of Debussy” by Henri Langlois, this eerie and disquieting adaptation of several Poe stories deploys a visionary combination of camera techniques and set design.

With assistance from Luis Buñuel, Jean Epstein creates an ethereal, hybrid movie full of discombobulating spaces and startling images. Called the “ultimate expression” of and “justification” for French Impressionist cinema by Langlois, it was the first film collected for what was to become La Cinémathèque Française.

– Adrian Danks, Melbourne Cinémathèque co-curator

Format: Digital
Language: Silent
Runtime: 66 min

Event duration

66 mins


This film is free to stream via Henri, the Cinémathèque Française's new online platform (and tribute to their founder, Henri Langlois)


Further reading

On Some Motifs in Poe: Jean Epstein’s La Chute de la maison Usher
Darragh O’Donoghue, Senses of Cinema, February 2004.

Marguerite Gance

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