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The Fall of the House of Usher at the BFI

Not to be confused with the American version, released the same year, this 1928 French horror film directed by Jean Epstein is one of multiple films based on the Gothic short story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.

Luis Buñuel co-wrote the screenplay with Epstein, his second film credit, having previously worked as assistant director on Epstein's film Mauprat from 1926.

The critic Geoff Andrew describes it as "One of the most entrancingly beautiful horror films of the silent era, this version of Poe’s tale by a leading member of the French avant-garde is less concerned with story than with creating and sustaining a haunting, even morbid atmosphere evocative of feverish dream or madness. The sets and camerawork are stunning, and both time and place are distorted to impressively strange effect.

Showing with The Ossuary (Kostnice) (Czechoslovakia. Dir Jan Svankmajer 10min).

Book tickets here from[masked] for members and from[masked] for non-members

As usual, we will meet by the BFI library 15m before the film is due to start with a drink afterwards.

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  • Townly C.

    Fabulous eerie weird inventive film that went OTT especially with the smoke machine.

    1 · December 23, 2013

    • Amran V.

      Yup. That and the endless billowing curtains! Very interesting film though.

      December 23, 2013

  • Amran V.

    See you soon Michelle and Zahira. I'll be by the library at 6.15

    December 22, 2013

  • Michelle

    Snap, have also made a last minute booking, see you soon, on my way!

    December 22, 2013

  • Zahira

    I have made a last minute booking. See you at BFI x

    December 22, 2013

  • Townly C.

    Thanks Amran see you there.

    December 21, 2013

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