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Der Untergang des Hauses Usher

4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Format: Classical, Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V69LY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,782 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This dvd is NOT three separate ballets including the original scenarios for "Faun" and "Jeux." Rather, these two pieces of music underpin a ballet prologue peopled with characters from Poe's "Usher," a one-act opera.

The story concerns ill-fated Roderick Usher, his sister Madeleine, his visiting Friend, and the attending Doctor. In the ballet, all three men are romantically attracted to Madeleine, but she is committed only to her degenerating brother. The choreography is just serviceable, not psychologically intriguing.

The best feature of this production is the set comprising tall dim shadowy windows, all on a great turntable offering multiple views.

The concluding opera (from a reconstituted score) involves the three men, real singers of course replacing the dancers. It's virtually a monologue for Roderick. Debussy is void of operatic talent, but these three singers do pretty damn good.

The Doctor tells the Friend that unbeknownst to Roderick, the sister has recently died of exhaustion and is concealed in the crypt under the house. At the end, though, through a window Roderick sees her hanging by the neck from a tree, a suicide. I waited for the house to fall, but the crew just turned the lights out.
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