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Edgar Allan Poe's THE RAVEN

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Writer/director Peter Bradley brings Edgar Allan Poe's classic horror poem,THE RAVEN, to chilling life in a faithful, word-for-word adaption. Seen in numerous festivals in seven countries, and used as a teaching aid in Drama and English programs in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, THE RAVEN is greatly inspired by German expressionist cinema of the 1920's. Based not completely in reality, but not completely in fantasy, one man's self-induced torture over the loss of his lover manifests itself and pushes him over the edge of sanity. This stylized piece captures the twisted, tortured world of Poe in a simple, yet highly detailed way that has to be seen and heard to be believed.

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MediumCrazy Traditional Artist
Best adaptation I've seen of this poem. Obviously a budget permitting a Victorian era setting could not be afforded so it was nice to see the creative alternatives that were taken. In all the piece matched the mood and style of something one might see in the Twilight Zone episode. The black and white color matched very well with minimalist art direction and contrasting lighting. The little CGI that was in the film was non-invasive and helped greatly in exploring the emotional state of the protagonist. The actual raven, while perhaps having an outdated appearance, worked well with the piece given the atmosphere.

In all it was a very solidly done adaptation that used a minimalist approach which helped play out key thematic aspects of the resource material.
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jcontiProfessional Interface Designer
Wonderfully done.