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Secret Beyond the Door...

Secret Beyond the Door... (1949)

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Even star Joan Bennett and director Fritz Lang regarded The Secret Beyond the Door as the weakest of their collaborative efforts. Bennett plays spoiled socialite Celia, who falls recklessly in love with the handsome but emotionally complex Mark Lamphere (Michael Redgrave, in his first American film). After their wedding, Celia becomes uncomfortably aware that Mark's mild distrust of women is actually a deep-set, and potentially dangerous, hatred. Even when facing the possibility that she'll be

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Rufus King, Silvia Richards

Apr 22, 2006

Universal Pictures

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Probably the most psychoanalytically oriented of his features, and because it's Lang, the murkiness is mainly a strength.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Mr. Lang is still a director who knows how to turn the obvious, such as locked doors and silent chambers and roving spotlights, into strangely tingling stuff.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Mental complexities of the principals makes it sometimes hard to sort out the various motivations used to spin the tale.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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[Lang's] direction is masterly, imposing meanings and tensions through images that are spare, resonant and astonishingly beautiful. A remarkable film.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The result is heavy going and pretentious.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The most successful aspect of the production is the cinematography, which creates a shadowy world of false appearances, hidden meanings, and elusive truths.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Borrowing a plot from the Bluebeard legend, and chucking in a load of sub-Freudian hokum, Fritz Lang nonetheless makes a class act of this Gothic psycho-thriller.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Sloppy effort from Lang late in his career.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Suspicion this is not.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Secret Beyond the Door ventures into some astounding arenas (even for Lang, who was an expert in paranoia), both of the mind and otherwise.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Poetry of architecture, rejection of Freud

January 6, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Strange, weirdly inventive thriller

August 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Even Lang himself thought this was a poor film.

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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definitely the weakest of the lang/bennett films but the very weird plot makes it worth watching. however the ending is a total copout
December 4, 2012
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Stella Dallas

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Considering the year it was made, it is quite a perverse film.
Some great visuals and a very interesting (if not overly complex) premise.
Part of both it's charm and short coming is the horribly dated dialog, but the potential is there for a great film.
October 11, 2010
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Robert C

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From a story standpoint, Secret Beyond the Door is nothing special. Actually, its pretty damn dull. It's the story of an impetuous marriage where the woman (the beautiful Joan Bennett in this case) gets more than she bargained for. By today's standards it comes off as silly and even predictable. And on top of it all, there are so many elements that could've added to the story so well but instead leaving you needing more. But since Fritz Lang directed Secret Beyond the Door and his visual style makes up for the story's numerous shortcomings, I forgave a lot. So much in the last act was a work of art that by the time you get to the end of this movie with its convenient ending you're just left with torn feelings because you saw something magnificent but had to endure this mundane story to see it. I don't know. See it yourself, make your own call...
September 22, 2010
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