May 25th, in happy, coincidental conjunction with my birthday, the Switzerland International Film Festival made my first short film “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” available to stream for one day only.

By midnight Swiss time “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” received a 9.7 out of 10 (97.37%) rating from a total of 494 votes on the SIFF site.

Here are some of the comments viewers left on their site and elsewhere in response to the film:

“The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” is an exquisitely conceived piece of art. On every level its impact is both breath-takingly beautiful and raw. You cannot take your eye from a moment of this exceptional piece of creative teamwork. I am breathing deeply again now, thank you!!

  • C. Scott

This film is a powerful adaptation of Poe’s dark story. You may think you’re familiar with it, but the music takes you deeper inside in a clever, persuasive way. Danny Ashkenasi sings the music he composed to Poe’s lyrics emotionally and with nuance. Filming the story in unusual color tones, with lively motion and intensity , the viewer is carried on a frightening journey. The tension and the struggle of the narrator resonate long after the film is over. I recommend this film highly.

  • Shonti

Beautifully filmed and performed realization of Poe’s psychological tale.

  • Mark

My friend Joanne said it best: “Wow! It was excellent. From his narration, the dramatic effect of the celli, the suspense building and the escalation of his madness and guilt. Well done!”

  • Catherine

Zum Fürchten schön! Fabelhafter Darsteller , sehr gute Regie, Schnitt und Musik, Gratulation!

(Translation:  Frightfully beautiful!  Fabulous Performer, very good direction, editing and music.  Congratulations!)

  • Helga

TTH Postcard front

I always like Danny’s music, and this piece is terrific.

  • Lee

Very creative adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” through drama and music. Mr. Ashkenasi’s “musicabre” reveals how the projection of evil onto the other can first look and sound innocent, melodic, and justified until it turns into the haunting and dark truth about a horrifying action.

  • Sheldon

Excellent 👍🏻👍🏻

  • Stephan

Wonderful performance and score, was glad to be able to see it again. Danny captures Poe’s energy perfectly.

  • Miles

Wonderful! The music and the visuals together create an atmosphere that really captures the Poe story. Loved it. Bravo.

  • Mary


Love this story, and Danny captures the atmosphere perfectly. But I really love the cellos – great music.

  • Lea

Fantastic film. I’ve seen it before. Happy to see it again. Gorgeous music. Creepy wonderful performance by Danny.

  • Ed

Excellent. Great.  

Enjoyed the best of the best.
I give it the highest rating.
Kudos to ashkenazy (sic).

Thanks for this excellent production.👍👍👍👍👍

Plus 4


  • Alice

Bravo! Breathes Poe (2nd time I’ve written this.) Challenge of a lengthy one man adaptation met!

  • Jonathan

ABSOLUTELY SUPERB. I really enjoyed the music, filming (editing fantastic), all of it not to mention your performance. I wish it great success. The more I think about it the more I like it.

  • Jack

It blew me away. The only word I can think of is “incomparable”.

  • Jane

It was incredible!! I especially loved the opening scene. Excellent!!! Thanks again for sharing ❤️

  • Frida

Poe would have been proud of how Danny portrayed the narrator!

I’m glad it was on a small screen, I’m not sure I could have taken it on a large one.  Really intense!!

  • Sally

This tweet was posted months ago, but this seems to be a proper post to share it in, as an extra:

Tweet -Utah Film Awards

This got posted September on an Edgar Allan Poe Facebook page (not sure when/where the author saw the film):

You are/were fantastic! Over the years as the former curator of the Poe House in Baltimore I’ve seen so many theatrical renditions of The Tell Tale Heart and sadly so many of them were awful! A few shined! Your’s is shining! Your expressions, your voice, everything is spot on! Congrats!!

  • “Edgar Allan Poe: Evermore”

This came in to me on my Twitter DM from someone who watched it in November:

A very clever idea.  I loved the execution of the video (having the chairs become askew and then eventually filled by the musicians was a smart touch, and I loved the lighting effects on the cellos).

  • Jared


About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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