This year, Baltimore is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death with a range of both fun and scholarly events.
On Friday, September 4th, the historic Evergreen House will be showing two Poe-themed movies on their gorgeous lawn. Bring your chair and a blanket. The grounds open at 5:30 and the films start at 7:30. There will be movie-type food for sale. Click here for tickets. Visitors may tour the first floor rooms of the house and see some illustrated Poe books in Evergreen’s famous library.
The first is a 1950’s cartoon version of the Tell Tale Heart. It’s not really a cartoon, as it’s not animated, but it is a story narrated with pictures and drawings to illustrate it. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1953. It was originally shown in 3-D. Tell Tale Heart was also the first film to be given an X-rating by the British Film Board. If you are curious as to why, and you can’t get to Evergreen on Friday, you can watch the seven-minute short here.
The second film is The Raven, (1963) starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and a young Jack Nicholson who said that the raven pooped on him. This 85-minute film has nothing really to do with the famous poem of the same name, although Poe is credited with being one of the writers.
This event is part of Nevermore 2009, a year long celebration of the life (and death) of Edgar Allen Poe.