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Sunday, 31 October 2010

The Pit and The Pendulum - Research

I decide to look into The Pit and the Pendulum in more detail to help me with producing my concept paintings. The Pit and the Pendulum was one of several stories of Egdar Allen Poe and on of his most popular pieces of work. To quick summaries the story is as story of a mans torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition. The story has several descriptions of his experience of being tortured. As this i just one of the two stories that i was given there are two descriptions that i am thinking about doing. Both are the descriptions of torture he went through in his prison and in the torture room.

Film Adaptation

When looking in to The Pit and the Pendulum a bit further i surprised to find out that their was a film based on Edgar Allen Poe's story. To help with my research i decided to look into the film that was directed by Roger Corman in 1916.

The Pit and the Pendulum initially is a short story so in the film itself not much of the story had been used except the famous torturing device. I haven't watch the whole film but i have watched the trailer and doing this has allowed me to understand the story that much better. When i first read through the story i couldn't.t really imagine what the pendulum looked like. This film allowed me to understand it because  In the film there is a great scene that shows what the torture room looks like as well as the pendulum itself as the image below shows.

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