Extraordinary Tales

Synopsis: An animated anthology of 5 stories adapted from Edgar Allan Poe.
Director(s): Raul Garcia
  4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
59
NOT RATED
Year:
2013
73 min
46 Views

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Well...

if it isn't my good friend,

The Poet.

I can't say I'm surprised

to find you here.

Whose grave are

you visiting today?

Who's there?

Weeping at the same

grave over again?

Why didn't you choose

any of the others?

Ligeia, Annabel?

Or perhaps Berenice?

So sure Virginia

was going to be the pick

for today's tortured journey.

There's no denying

your affection for her.

What was that poem of yours?

"It was many and many a year ago

"That a maiden there lived

whom you may know

"And this maiden she lived

with no other thought...

"Than to love and

be loved by me."

What am I doing?

I recite poetry with a statue!

I must be drunk.

Or mad.

Or both.

I am hallucinating.

Should I answer this one

with another of your stanzas?

"All that we see or seem

"ls but a dream

within a dream..."

Still you have no

clue to who I am.

I am your shadow, your soul.

The object of your obsession.

Are you mad?

My obsession?

Recognize me now, Poe?

Are you feeling lonely?

Longing again for the departed?

Silence!

I came here for solitude.

Not loneliness.

Always obsessed with the dead.

A great subject

for your writings.

It is not obsession

but rather inspiration

which drives my writing.

I wouldn't define it that way.

Remember Roderick Usher?

His compulsive obsession for

his departed sister Madeline

caused such a nervous agitation

that it lead him

to an early demise.

It was brotherly love, not

obsession.

Obsession, superstition,

unrequited love.

Who do you want to convince?

It was a magical place

that filled my childhood

with visions

to stir the imagination.

And now, during the whole

of a dull, dark,

and soundless day

in the autumn of another year,

I was alone, passing through

a singularly dreary

tract of country;

and at length found myself

within reach of the

melancholy House of Usher.

I know not how it was;

but with my first glimpse

of the house after so long,

an unexpected sense

of insufferable gloom

pervaded my spirit.

What was it?

What unnerved me so

in the contemplation

of the House of Usher?

Its proprietor, Roderick Usher,

had been one of my boon

companions in boyhood;

but many years had elapsed

since our last meeting.

His letter, however,

had lately reached me

in a distant part

of the country.

I scanned more narrowly

the real aspect of the building.

Its principal feature

seemed to be that

of an excessive antiquity.

The writer spoke of

acute bodily illness,

of a mental disorder

which oppressed him,

and brought an

earnest desire to see me,

as his best,

and indeed his only

personal friend, in an attempt

to alleviate some of his malady;

and I, accordingly,

obeyed forthwith

what I still considered

a very singular

and haunting summons.

I gazed upon him with a feeling

half of pity, half of awe.

Frederick!

My dear friend,

I have after all this time

been waiting for your arrival!

I at first thought it to be

an overdone cordiality.

It was with difficulty

that I could bring myself

to admit the identity of

the man being before me

with the companion

of my early boyhood.

He entered into what

he conceived to be

the nature of his malady.

The most insipid food

was alone endurable.

The odors of all flowers

proved oppressive;

his eyes were tortured

by even a faint light.

And there were but

peculiar sounds

which inspired him with horror.

I began to question

my worthiness

of being present for my friend,

who now existed in a world

of which I held no key.

I shall perish!

I dread the events

of the future!

I feel that the period

will sooner or later arrive

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.Poe was born in Boston, the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but Poe was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed later as John Allan and Edgar repeatedly clashed over debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of secondary education for the young man. Poe attended the University of Virginia but left after a year due to lack of money. Poe quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the Army in 1827 under an assumed name. It was at this time that his publishing career began, albeit humbly, with the anonymous collection Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian". With the death of Frances Allan in 1829, Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement. However, Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with John Allan. Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Richmond in 1836, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845, Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. For years, he had been planning to produce his own journal The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at age 40; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, "brain congestion", cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre. more…

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