The Fall of the House of Usher

 

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American short film, 1928, 13'; Directors: J.S. WATSON and M. Webber


EDIZIONI HARLOCK


Soundtracks by:


MAURO FRANCESCHI,  LUCA  FRIGO,  I'M  ANITA,  SIMONLUCA  LAITEMPEGER, MIKE MAGUIRE, EDDY SERAFINI, LUCA VIANINI, SUPERSHOCK.


Watson and Webber, from their small sphere of experience (they did not make many films), demonstrated great talent and truly special technical and imaginative ability: if you are curious, you can also dig up their Lot in Sodom from 1933. Their version of Edgar Allan Poe's Fall of the House of Usher is a short film that synthesizes the narrative to the full, even eliminating the use of silent film intertitles. All of the pathos of the story is entrusted to shadow play, ghostly apparitions, optical distortions and unsettling settings. Even sounds, impossible to hear in a silent film, are proposed in an original way: for these the directors opted to make an undulating, blurry onomatopoeic word appear on the screen. Thus, ignoring the need to win over the public led the directors to Poe's story to make it more appetizing while sensibly losing the nightmarish atmosphere that the poet and writer sought to give his works, Webber and Watson instead tried to recreate the dreamlike and hallucinatory dimension of the 1839 story. The directors' aesthetic is in fact hallucinatory and dreamlike, which makes this short film especially unpleasant if approached from logical parameters: better to lose yourself in the visual suggestion.


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