short film The Fall of the House of Usher © Krátký Film Praha
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The Fall of the House of Usher

Jan Svankmajer's recreation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic horror story is as bizarre, surreal and unsettling as you would expect. Without dialog, the soundtrack is filled with groanings, creakings and squeakings from inanimate objects. Human characters are replaced by stop-animated objects like chairs and coffins. The feeling is of decay and unarticulated horror, combined with the surreal replacement of human characters by objects.

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Svankmejer has said that to him, objects are more alive than people, which explains why this, one of his two Edgar Allen Poe adapations, is devoid of human characters. Instead...
Created by: Krátký Film Praha
Language: no dialogue
Country of Origin: Czechoslovakia
Directed by: Jan Svankmajer
Produced by: Victor Mayer
Musical Score by: Jan Klusák
Writing Credits: Jan Svankmajer
Based on: The story by Edgar Allan Poe

short film The Fall of the House of Usher © Krátký Film PrahaIn an interview relating to this film, Svankmajer said "For me, objects always were more alive than people. More permanent and also more expressive. They are more exciting for their latent content and for their memories, which far exceed the memories of men. Objects conceal within themselves the events they have witnessed." The full interview can be found in the links below.

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