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Poe: Last Days Of The Raven (2008)
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05.14.08

Poe: Last Days Of The Raven (2008) This character driven film paints a psychological portrait of the great American writer Edgar Allan Poe, exploring the extraordinary life experiences that shaped his fascinating imagination. By weaving through the ethnography of Poe's dreams and nightmares, particularly the dying moments of himself and his loved ones, a complex plot line of past and present intermingles while Poe hovers near death in his hospital bed. We open with Poe lying unconscious in an alleyway in Baltimore. It is October 3, 1849 and the Congressional elections have just ended, and Poe has been discarded into the alley, after being used by a press gang to cast multiple false ballots for a crooked political campaign. Poe is discovered by his cousin Neilson and brought to Washington College Hospital where he remains until his death five days later, which is the focus of the story. In the hospital, Poe floats in and out of consciousness. Various visual cues transport Poe to intense moments in his past which inspired many of his phantasmagorical stories. There is always a connection made between the writing and the experience. For example when Poe's bride Virginia ruptures a throat vessel while playing a harp, The voice-over from Poe's sorrowful "Annabel Lee" underscores. Poe's first impressions of life are those as a backstage theater baby. young Poe watches in horror as his Mother commits suicide on stage, establishing Poe's and the script's leitmotif of [all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream]. The sub theme of reincarnation plays an important part of the film, as part of the story takes place in modern times where the actor playing Poe in a stage production begins to experience unusual psychic connections to the past, and characters from Poe's life appear in a Jacob's ladder like ripping of reality, causing the actor to lose his sense of self and reality and the veil rends as to who is the real Poe and who is the actor, as both call to each other through the timeless space of consciousness. The mystery reaches a climax with Poe's wife's death timed in sequence with his own demise. (He experienced the death of his Mother, his foster Mother, his foster Father, his first love, his brother, and his wife (all to consumption). Throughout the film, there is a subtle theme of repressed sensuality, that Poe's own emotionally, immature sexuality manifests.

Movie Tagline:
His death was his greatest mystery!!

Title: Poe: Last Days Of The Raven
Release Date: September 30, 2008
Runtime: 80 mins
Genre: Biography
All Genres: Biography, Drama, Horror
Languages: English
Country: Canada
Colors: Color
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With P

Director(s):
Brent Fidler
Eric Goldstein

Cast:
Brent Fidler ...Edgar Allan Poe
Mackenzie Gray ...John Allan / Old Man
Richard Keats ...Dr. Moran
Emily Tennant ...Virginia Poe
Lisa Langlois ...Jane Stanard
Alex Diakun ...Joseph Snodgrass
Alec Willows ...Neilson Poe
Jerry Rector ...Joe Walker / Reverend
Shannon Jardine ...Nurse Sarah
Sarah Deakins ...Aunt Clemm
Olivia Rameau ...Elizabeth Poe
Stanley Katz ...Derelict #1 / Police Officer #2
Michael Sunczyk ...Derelict #2
Dave Newham ...David Poe (as David Newman)
Arjun Shapovalov ...young Poe
Jeff Sarsfield ...Police Officer #1
Bob Bottieri ...John Kennedy
Janaki Singh ...Mrs. Mary Grove Nichols
Elizabeth Volpe ...Mrs. Mary Louise Shew
Irina Fidler ...Frances Allan

Producer(s):
Barry Backus
Bob Bottieri
Brent Fidler
Mackenzie Gray

Writer(s):
Brent Fidler

Composer(s):
Tuomas Kantelinen

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Keywords:
Poe, Edgar Allan Poe, Poetry, Poe Celebration, 18th Century  ...[more]


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