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Fantastique

The Fall of the House of Usher

La Chute de la maison Usher

A man arrives at the isolated castle of his old friend Sir Roderick Usher only to find him in the grip of madness.

Image from The Fall of the House of Usher

France 1928
Dir Jean Epstein
With Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy
62min
35mm print courtesy of Cinémathèque royale de Belgique
English subtitles
With live piano accompaniment by Costas Fotopoulous (25 Oct) and Stephen Horne (8 Nov)

Summoned by a letter, a man arrives at the isolated castle of his old friend Sir Roderick Usher only to find him in the grip of madness, obsessively painting a portrait of his ailing wife as everything around him disintegrates. With its dazzling use of impressionist camera techniques, Epstein’s entrancing Poe adaptation creates an all-consuming atmosphere of morbidity and creeping dread.

+ The Merry Frolics of Satan

Les Quatre cents farces du diable

France 1906
Dir Georges Méliès
17min
With live piano accompaniment

In this Faustian parable, an inventor unwittingly sells his soul to the devil and departs on a fantastical train ride that takes him from the far reaches of outer space to the infernal depths of hell itself.

 



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