Rent Secret Beyond the Door (1947)

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1h 34min
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Synopsis:
Soon after architect Mark Lamphere (Michael Redgrave) marries Celia (Joan Bennett), she gradually begins to suspect that he has a past life that he's been keeping from her. But she doesn't know the half of it, and when he leaves on a business trip, she starts to uncover the sinister secret of his purpose-designed house and its apparent surplus of rooms, the seventh of which is kept firmly locked. What lies beyond its door?
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Fritz Lang
Writers:
Silvia Richards, Rufus King
Aka:
Secret Beyond the Door...
Studio:
Exposure Cinema
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/11/2011
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Stills Gallery Featuring Posters and Rare On-Set Pictures
  • Filmographies
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/11/2017
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Commentary by film noir expert Alan K. Rode
  • Barry Keith Grant on Secret Beyond the Door, the author and scholar introduces the film
  • The House of Lang, a visual essay on Fritz Lang's style by filmmaker David Cairns with a focus on his noir work
  • Bluebeard (1947), a radio play aimed at children drawing on the same source as Secret Beyond the Door • International poster gallery
  • Trailer for Lang's 1943 noir, Hangmen Also Die!

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Reviews (2) of Secret Beyond the Door

Recommended.... a great show! - Secret Beyond the Door review by SM

Spoiler Alert
26/06/2018

What an interesting movie.......weird and wonderful roles played by actors at the top of their game!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Fascinating mood piece. - Secret Beyond the Door review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
11/02/2021

 Deep and dark Freudian reverie from Lang, richly photographed by Stanley Cortez. Michael Redgrave is an architect who collects historical murder rooms, believing that the ambience of these surroundings induced the deaths that occurred within them. When he marries Joan Bennett on an impulse, she begins to feel that she may have impetuously fallen in love with a psychopath and her life is at risk.

So there's a bit of Rebecca (1940) and Suspicion (1941) in there, but this is more surreal. It is a thriller that operates on the subconscious level of its disturbed hero, full of visual symbolism.

 It's also a bit far fetched. But fascinating. The doors and hallways are superbly lit and captured. Lang was disappointed with Stanley Cortez (who would photograph The Night of the Hunter in 1955) because he worked too slowly. But it's the camera that makes this film so evocative, the corridors that Bennett and Redgrave wander in search an irretrievable mental trauma which may be hidden behind one of the many doors.

Redgrave does well in a difficult role as a man driven to murder by an event forgotten in childhood. Apparently Bennett thought the film was a disaster (and it flopped at the box office) but gives a sympathetic and sincere performance. Its fragmentary narrative gives way to the impact of its beautiful, mysterious images. It is a mood piece and a haunting experience, enhanced by Miklós Rózsa superb gothic score. 

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