The Fall of the House of Usher (1928 American film)
- For the 1928 Jean Epstein version of Fall of the House of Usher, see The Fall of the House of Usher (1928 French film)
|The Fall of the House of Usher|
A scene from the short film
|Directed by||James Sibley Watson|
|Written by||Edgar Allan Poe|
|Music by||Alec Wilder|
|Cinematography||James Sibley Watson|
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) is a short silent horror film adaptation of the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. It tells the story of a brother and sister who live under a family curse. It stars Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, and Melville Webber.
The movie was directed by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber. A music score was written in 1959 for the film by Watson and Webber's friend, composer Alec Wilder. This was his second attempt (after he abandoned his 1929 score for winds, brass and percussion), and he composed for a recording of the New York Woodwind Quintet and a percussionist, conducted by Leon Barzin. The film and music were later synched by James Sibley Watson, and this version was placed in the National Film Registry in 2000. Various new scores have been composed to accompany the film, including American composer Jean Hasse's version (2010) for the UK ensemble Counterpoise (violin, trumpet, saxophone, piano), available to view on YouTube.
An avant-garde experimental film, the visual element predominates, including shots through prisms to create optical distortion. There is no dialogue, though one part features letters moving across the screen.
- The short film The Fall of the House of Usher is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- The Fall of the House of Usher on IMDb
- The Fall of the House of Usher at AllMovie
- Scrapbook of correspondence and clippings related to the films of Dr. James Sibley Watson, Jr. on New York Heritage
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