The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

Feature Film
Original Title: La chute de la maison Usher
Director: Jean Epstein
Writers: Jean Epstein, Luis Buñuel, Edgar Allan Poe
Cinematographers: Georges Lucas, Jean Lucas
Cast: Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy, Fournez-Goffard

Roderick, the last in the line of Ushers, obsessively works on a painting of his ailing wife, who becomes ever weaker the more vibrant her portrait becomes, until she finally dies, at which point he goes a little mad(der), in Epstein’s unsettling, impressionistic horror film, which is enhanced considerably by Rolande de Candé’s discomforting 1960 musical arrangement. Iain.Stott