American Masters' “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive” Uncovers the Real Story of the Notorious Author

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24 October 2017
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Denis O'Hare as Edgar Allan Poe in "American Masters -- Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive." / Credit: Liane Brandon
“Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive”
Premieres Monday, October 30 at 9 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)

          American Masters draws on the rich palette of Edgar Allan Poe's evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author. Starring Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actor Denis O'Hare (This Is Us, American Horror Story, Take Me Out) and narrated by Oscar- and Tony-nominated, two-time Golden Globe-winner Kathleen Turner, the new documentary explores the misrepresentations of Poe as a drug-addled madman akin to the narrators of his horror stories.

          Determined to re-invent American literature, Poe was an influential -- and brutally honest -- literary critic and magazine editor. He invented the modern detective story and refined the science fiction genre. Yet, he is remembered primarily for his Gothic horror tales and narrative poem "The Raven."

 

          Filmed in Boston Harbor's historic Fort Independence at Castle Island, Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive combines dramatized re-enactments with O'Hare of key moments in Poe's life, readings from Poe's works by O'Hare, Oscar-nominated actor Chris Sarandon (The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Princess Bride, Dog Day Afternoon) and actor Ben Schnetzer (Snowden, Goat, Pride) and interviews with authors including Marilynne Robinson (Gilead), Matthew Pearl (The Poe Shadow), Jeffrey Meyers (Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy) and Zach Dundas (The Great Detective), director Roger Corman (eight-film Poe cycle including House of Usher) and others to reveal how Poe tapped into what it means to be human in a modern and sometimes frightening world.
 
 
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