Monday, July 25, 2011
Monday Night at the Cinema: The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
It's been brutally hot, and eating out at our favorite restaurant is a welcome change from cooking at home and heating up the place. As shadows begin to gather, we make our way down the street, walking slowly, not exerting ourselves too much, and thankfully enter the air-conditioned interior of the theater...
Tonight, we have a great find: the 1928 version of "The Fall of the House of Usher," with the original music. This is a surrealist and expressionist take on the story, owing quite a few debts to "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." And it's in the National Film Registry, so you know it's significant.
There's a number of online versions of this particular film, but I was happy to find this one, with its excellent picture quality and what sounds like the original soundtrack. So many others dub in electronica, which is OK, but I'd rather have the original music to give a more authentic experience.
And sorry to have been late with this; I was busy with the Fringe Festival and other stuff, and the brutal heat has left me enervated.
So the movie's over...let's go grab a cold drink at the cafe and have conversation....