Edgar Allan Poe at the Movies

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A poster for 'House of Usher'

Writer Edgar Allan Poe, the great master of the macabre, created stories that have conjured vivid scenes in the imaginations of generations of readers. Naturally, filmmakers have been keen to bring Poe's dramatic stories to the silver screen. Some have succeeded, others haven't done full justice to Poe's powerful visions, but all have been been aided by music, and David Garland presents an hour of Poe-inspired soundtracks.

From the gothic drama of Les Baxter's score for "House of Usher," to Nino Rota's insouciant music for Fellini's adaptation of "Never Bet the Devil Your Head," a range of moody music is heard, plus a special dramatic reading from "The Pit and the Pendulum" with musical accompaniment!