Last night, I attended a screening of the new movie, THE RAVEN starring John Cusack and participated in a Question and Answer session after the movie with Mr. Cusack. THE RAVEN is a fictional story about the final days of the dark poet, Edgar Allan Poe.
John Cusack bears an uncanny likeness to the real Edgar Allan Poe and does a wonderful performance bringing one of America’s best known and yet least esteemed authors to life. Being one of the first authors to attempt to make his living only from his writings, Poe lived a life of austerity and poverty. Edgar Allan Poe was born early in the 19th century and gained notoriety when at the age of 26, he married his 13 year old cousin. They were married 12 years until she died of tuberculosis, at which point he went into a deep depression and began suffering from writer’s block, after publishing his poem “THE RAVEN”. That is where this movie picks up the story. It is 2 years since his wife’s demise and he has fallen in love with Emily, the daughter of a very wealthy man in Baltimore, but he disapproves of the romance due to Poe’s sordid past and lack of wealth.
The movie, THE RAVEN tells the story of this fictional love affair in an attempt to explain the mysterious and untimely death of Edgar Allan Poe at the young age of 40. He was found sick and deranged on a park bench and died shortly thereafter in a Baltimore hospital of an undetermined cause.
THE RAVEN was filmed in Eastern Europe in Serbia and Budapest to accomplish the early 1800’s Baltimore scenario with the cobblestone streets and architecture.
I would highly recommend going to see this movie but I would first suggest you familiarize yourself with some of Edgar Allan Poe’s works and it will make your enjoyment of the movie that much better!
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