THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (Alexandre Astruc, 1964)

As much as it has confounded critical readers with its phantasmagoria anticipatory of surrealism, subjective confusions and historical inaccuracies, “The Pit and the Pendulum,” originally published in 1842, is one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most compelling stories. After an ordeal of intense, unremitting fear following the death sentence handed him during the Spanish Inquisition, the […]