Christian Bale in the first glimpse of the film about the facet of Edgar Allan Poe as a cadet

The film is based on the novel of the same name by Louis Bayard published in 2006. (Netflix)

A few months after its premiere, the first images of Christian BaleHarry Melling and more cast stars in the adaptation of the crimes of the academy (The Pale Blue Eye). The homonymous novel by Louis Bayard will be made into a film by Netflix and consists of a murder story starring a veteran detective from New York and an inexperienced cadet named Edgar Allan Poe.

This Wednesday, the magazine Vanity Fair shared a glimpse of what will be the gothic horror film that promises to be among the best of 2023. Set in 1830, the plot imagines how the younger facet of Poe (Melling), as a police cadet, would have in the adventure for solving a crime alongside a retired cop, Augustus Landor (Bale).

Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling) and Augustus Landor (Bale), the two main detectives. (Netflix)
Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling) and Augustus Landor (Bale), the two main detectives. (Netflix)
A veteran detective teams up with an inexperienced cadet on a complicated case. (Netflix)
A veteran detective teams up with an inexperienced cadet on a complicated case. (Netflix)

According to the official biography of the writer, he joined the police force for a short time before dedicating himself entirely to his stories, although he had already published The Legend of Sleepy Hollow a decade earlier. This historical thriller takes inspiration from his younger years to explore a special feature of his novels and short stories: coldly calculated crimes that are not so easy to solve. In addition, each of these characters hides something behind by pretending to be who they are not.

Edgar Allan Poe in a new Netflix movie

Scott Cooper directs the crimes of the academy and marks his third collaboration with Christian bale. In interview with Vanity Fair, noted that he took this opportunity to “create a crime novel, the love between father and son and then a story about the origin of Poe”. For the filmmaker Edgar Allan Poe he was “warm, witty, humorous and very southern” in his youth and that changed when he took this dark path.

Filmmaker Scott Cooper is collaborating with Bale for the third time on this gothic horror thriller. (Netflix)
Filmmaker Scott Cooper is collaborating with Bale for the third time on this gothic horror thriller. (Netflix)
The young Edgar Allan Poe to be seen in "the crimes of the academy" it will be warm, witty, humorous and very southern. (Netflix)
The young Edgar Allan Poe that will be seen in “Crimes of the Academy” will be warm, witty, humorous and very southern. (Netflix)

As for Bale’s character, Augustus Landor, he is a detective with years of experience who has managed to use modern forensic science to incarcerate criminals and obtain justice for their victims. Over the course of the film’s events, he is retired and returns to action when men from the military academy are found hanged and heart removed from their lifeless bodies.

“At first he rejects [a Edgar Allan Poe], but discovers that it is the centerpiece of his life, something that he would be quite ashamed to admit, with his age, his position and all that, ”said the Oscar winner about this role and the dynamic with his co-star, Harry Melling. “He is maybe learning new things, and he certainly remembers things that he had forgotten about life.”

(Netflix)
(Netflix)

On the other hand, this fictional version of Poe is portrayed as a young man curious about the supernatural. “Poe was so fascinated with the occult and the satanic,” Cooper said. “He spent a lot of time outdoors and his mind would race and take him to some pretty dark places, even when he was younger, with a warmer disposition that masked this desire and need for darkness. He left us as the godfather of crime and horror novels.”

the crimes of the academy will have a limited theatrical release globally on December 23 and can be seen on Netflix from January 6.

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Christian Bale in the first glimpse of the film about the facet of Edgar Allan Poe as a cadet