30 April 2009

The Tell-Tale Heart and James Mason

This is a very special short animation movie from 1953. The movie is based on a story of E.A. Poe of the same title. Ted Parmelee, the director, chose James Mason as a narrator. Mason yet again frightens us, while demonstrating perfect manners and irresistible charm. The narrator, who is removed from our view, is the real character of the story. Mason literally speaks this character into existence. A joint one-time collaboration between masters like Poe, Mason and Parmelee, this is an unrivalled achievement unlikely ever to be bested.

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