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The Raven / Ghosts (Double Feature)

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A Henry B. Walthall double feature including: The Raven (1915) Based on the novel The Raven: The Love Story of Edgar Allen Poe. Supposedly a biography of Edgar Allen Poe. Presents some striking fantasy visuals and a fine performance by Walthall - 59 Minutes and Ghosts (1915) One of the first authentic horror movies! Brilliant! Horrifying! Enthralling! - 49 Minutes

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  • Actors: Henry B. Walthall, Eleanor Thompson, Mary Alden, Ernest Maupain
  • Directors: Charles Brabin, John Emerson, George Nichols
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Silent
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Grapevine Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002ZJG1HU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Garner on September 29, 2007
Format: DVD
'The Raven' was produced in 1915 by the now-defunct Essanay Studios and stars Henry B. Walthall as Poe.

The basic premise of the story is the short, troubled and downright surreal life of Edgar Allan Poe. The film itself has several appealing qualities and it is a nice introductory piece for someone studying the early days of American cinema. Sadly the print used for this 2007 release is somewhat degraded to a point where under certain lighting the faces and other small details are washed out. This is but a small glitch and the number of 'plusses' in this film make the 'minuses' nothing to be concerned about.

Specifics about Poe's early life are only briefly addressed but we do learn that he was a romantic and given to living life like an English rock guitarist in the 1970's. The bizarre night which inspired his epic; 'The Raven' is given a suitably bizarre rendering. The death of his beloved Virginia is also touched upon. Because the camera work is typical 1915, the emotional quality of the film's "grammar" is lacking due to the paucity of close up shots but anyone versed in the early silent films can follow the action with little difficulty.

The absolute apex of this movie and a prime selling point is the very creative employment of double exposures to effect some of Poe's uh, 'visions' and his inner torment. The wonder of the early days was the abilty to create illusion, which is what the movies are all about. Before CGI, special effects were undertaken in several ways including double exposures, which were a tricky "inside-the-camera" effect that required considerable skill and forethought to pull off effectively.

To a student of the silent era this film is a must.
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