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The Fall of the House of Usher
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The Fall of the House of Usher 1982

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The Fall of the House of Usher 1982

15 mins Czechoslovakia Director. Jan Svankmajer

The director stated, 'The effect of Poe's stories does not reside in their plot, but in his ability to evoke feelings of horror that emanate from the inner being of the characters. He succeeds in describing the most intimate reactions of the human soul to that primal horror that rises up through our unconscious for which the situations are simply a kind of explosive trigger'.

See also Jan Švankmajer's other short films, The Ossuary, The Castle of Otranto and The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope.

Directed by

Jan Svankmajer

Featuring

Petr Cepek

Genres

Experimenta Horror Animation & Artists Moving Image

Collection

Based on the Book… Experimenta Classic Horror Shorts Mark Kermode Introduces

Released

1982

Country

Czechoslovakia

Language

Czech

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