Directed by Jean Epstein and writen by Epstein and Luis Brunel, this silent movie strays far from Edgar Allan Poe's original story. In fact, Brunel -- who also served as assistant direcctor -- walked away from the film because of Epstein's decision to leave Poe in the dust. None the less the film is eerie and atmospheric, bringing Poe's sense of decay into reality.
Jean Debucourt plays Roderick Usher and Mabel Gance is his doomed sister Madeleine. Charles Lamy is Allan, Usher's friend and guest. Margaret Gance's husband, the famed director and screenwriter Abel Gance, has a small role as a bar customer.
Worth seeing. Enjoy.