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AMERICAN MASTERS: EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE

What to know: Engrossing and entertaining flow of talking heads, period detail, arresting and riveting performance by Denis O'Hare.
Recommended age 14-18
84 minutes
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This American Masterpiece production weaves together actor Denis O'Hare portraying writer Edgar Allan Poe with archival photography, actors reciting passages from Poe's work, and commentary from literary experts to create an impressionistic, well-rounded and occasionally surprising portrait. Fans of the hugely influential 19th century writer will revel in the details of Poe's upbringing and the fascinating, though tragic trajectory of his personal life which, while informed by death and alcoholism, was not quite the life of the madmen that Poe is often portrayed as. Narrated by Kathleen Turner, this artfully directed and edited program shines a light on Poe as both ground-breaking writer of horror, mystery and detective stories, and as a very opinionated editor of literary magazines. The 84-minute program whisks by in an engrossing and entertaining flow of talking heads, period detail, arresting images and O'Hare's impersonation to give a riveting glimpse into the life and talent of the writer. Included as extras on the DVD are readings of two of Poe's most famous poems, "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" by Garrison Keillor and others. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Five stars. Reviewed by Mike F., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive draws on the rich palette of Poe's evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author. Featuring Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare, the film explores the misrepresentations of Poe as an alcoholic madman. It reveals the way in which Poe tapped into what it means to be a human in our modern and sometimes frightening world.
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