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The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)


This adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale was directed by James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber. It is a silent movie, with a run time of just thirteen minutes, and offers an interesting interpretation of the story. You can find out more about The Fall of the House of Usher at A Passion For Horror.

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 (1928 in film) is a short film silent film 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. The actors are 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.


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.


In 2000, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant film" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

See also

  • Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941
  • Treasures from American Film Archives
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