• Murders in the Rue Morgue

    1932. USA. Robert Florey. 61 min.

Sunday, December 27, 2009, 2:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Murders in the Rue Morgue

    1932. USA. Directed by Robert Florey. Screenplay by Florey, Tom Reed, Dale Van Every, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe. With Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Ames. After the success of Dracula (1931), Universal cast Lugosi in this murder mystery, loosely based on Poe’s tale. With roots in Parisian Grand Guignol and hints of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, this film was also an influence on the B-movie director (and Tim Burton muse) Ed Wood, who paid homage to the film in his own Bride of the Monster. Ames plays a variation on Dupin, Poe’s seminal literary detective who gave rise to the tropes and structure of the classic whodunit—a tradition very much embodied in the Ichabod Crane of Burton’s Sleepy Hollow. 61 min.

In the Film exhibition Tim Burton and the Lurid Beauty of Monsters

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