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Jog
04-16-2002, 06:16 PM
I just watched this dvd from All Day Entertainment, going through Image (like oh so many companies). Not the finest transfer in the world, but workable. Anyhow, it's an adaptation of the Poe story (as well as The Oval Portrait) made by French filmmakers, one of whom was Luis Bunuel (who is admittedly not French). Lots of good images, and two sequences nearly took my breath away. A very arty Poe movie, but never boring (to me at least). So, anyone else seen it?

IronWolfe
04-19-2002, 07:05 AM
Seen it, own it, was very happy to have bought it sight unseen. The feel of it reminds me of Dreyer's Vampyr; all three of the leads wonderful. It's been too long since I've read Poe to tell just how far they strayed, but I did like the painting motif. The scene of Madeliene slowly collapsing to the floor as Roderick continues to work, oblivious or uncaring, enrapt in his creation, is a memorable one.

Jog
04-19-2002, 05:46 PM
Actually the painting/collapsing scene was one of the two I mentioned (the funeral march was the other). I actually flipped through my book 'o Poe after the film and honestly... it's not very faithful to the Usher story at all (but it is VERY faithful to The Oval Portrait). Very cool stuff, and probably the cinema debut of the stalking 1st person POV shot (predating The Evil Dead by over a half century!)...

IronWolfe
04-20-2002, 02:04 AM
I'll have to find The Oval Portrait, sounds interesting. The funeral march, yeah, that one's also a beauty (and reminds me very much of the funeral scene in Vampyr).

I've actually talked to very few people who've seen this little gem.

mcchrist
04-20-2002, 09:56 PM
This is yet another triumph in atmospheric filmmaking. Its interesting to note that two different productions of House of Usher were done the same year and each with a surrealist bent to it. Undoubtedly, I am disappointed with the barebones disc, but I believe in content overall, fine film indeed!

Jog
04-21-2002, 09:03 PM
The other 1928 version of Usher in actually on the Treasures from the American Film Archives box set, which I'll be getting in a few days (what a coo-wink-ee-dink!)... Maybe I'll post a quick comparison between the 2 (though the 2nd one is only about 20 minutes I think)...

mcchrist
04-22-2002, 04:16 AM
OMG! I envy you on the Treasures archive! I can't afford it, but it is the single most impressive box set I've seen offered! I've been itching to save up the cash to purchase this alongside of the other archives on DVD:

Treasures From The American Film Archives
The Movies Begin (from KINO video, collection is very similar, 5 discs!)
Landmarks of Early Cinema vol. 1 & 2
Lumiere Bros First Films

and just for the novelty of it, Lumiere & Company...

for shits and giggles, Vintage Erotica (a collection of porn from the 20's and 30's, neato!)

and if I ever get a DVD-ROM, I want the DVD-ROM collection, Masterworks of Japanese Silent Cinema ($200!, ack pthfft!)

I love the concepts of such collections, I hope they keep this trend going.

Forever Broke...

Jog
04-22-2002, 06:30 PM
Well in that case, my good friend (and you ARE a good friend if you're showing such interest in early film), I have some info to give ya.

Originally posted by mcchrist

The Movies Begin (from KINO video, collection is very similar, 5 discs!)
Landmarks of Early Cinema vol. 1 & 2

The two Landmarks of Early Cinema discs are IDENTICAL to discs 1, 4, and 5 of The Movies Begin set! Well, they do have new menus, and keen liner notes in the box set, but the movies contained are the same. Also...


Lumiere Bros First Films

This contains some of the material from disc 2 of The Movies Begin, but a lot of exclusive stuff too. I have (and adore) The Movies Begin, which I bought with my income tax return :) , and I probably should get the Lumiere disc too.

Vintage Erotica (a collection of porn from the 20's and 30's, neato!)

Yipes! I need to get that!

Also, coming out this Tuesday, is Image's Slapstick Encyclopedia, a 4-disc set of silent comedy. So as you can see, there is more stuff out then any of us can afford! :D

mcchrist
04-22-2002, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the heads up, I know that alot of the info regarding the content for many of these collections has been somewhat vague online, based on what you told me that will trim my spending down a bit. I'm glad to see someone else interested in early film as well! Thanks again!