The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

– silent film and live music

The Fall of the House of Usher (France, 1928) was Jean Epstein’s first film with his own production group and probably his best-known work. With Luis Buñuel as assistant director, Epstein fashioned a film in which the editing and rhythm imposed by the slow motion, super-impositions, travelling shots and a mobile camera contribute to the film’s unity. The quality of the photography evokes comparison with the greatest masterpieces of the German cinema.

Music, design + direction: Charlie Barber

Musicians: Pedro Lopez Campos (flute), Michele Batani (oboe), Tom Howells (bass clarinet), Bartosz Kwasecki (contrabassoon), Jason Owen Lewis (trumpet), Hugh Sisley (horn), Stephanie Dyer (trombone), Rob Graham-White (tuba), Michael Clark (percussion), Vlad Maistorovici (violin), Christiana Mavron (violin), Javier Garcia Aranda (violin), Niamh Ferris (viola), Alison D’Souza (viola), Alberto Casadei (cello), Ashley John Long (double bass)

Technical Manager: Alex Russell

Technical support: Steven Donoghue

Photography: Toby Farrow

Marketing: Alice Baynham

Website for The Fall of the House of Usher

Assistant director Luis Buñuel working with actors on set


22.10.14NOTTINGHAMLakeside Arts Centre
23.10.14CARDIFFWales Millennium Centre
24.10.14ABERYSTWYTHArts Centre
30.10.14MANCHESTERRoyal Northern College of Music
31.10.14BRECONTheatr Brycheiniog
03.11.14LIVERPOOLCapstone Theatre, Hope University

With the financial support of: Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Wales, Foyle Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation, Ashley Family Foundation, Gibbs Charitable Trust, Margaret Davies Charity


Arts Desk (Stephen Walsh)

Wales Arts Review (Steph Power)


Stills from the film



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