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March 30, 2017
Must be one of the most absurd movies of all time. Good cast and well directed.but the storyline and dialogue is about as daft as it gets
½ December 13, 2014
seriously that is a CREEPY hobby
December 3, 2014
No wonder I feel it so Rebecca, Suspicion and Spellbound-alike. The Freudian analysis is not much impressive and the mental motivation is not at all interesting.
September 30, 2014
A interesting film that has it's strengths but really fails to pull you in for the third & final act.

The story of a woman strangely drawn to this mysterious but undeniably dangerous gentleman she meets on her travels abroad.

Filled with strange & psychoanalytical performances the story can hide it's many holes.

However is has some stunning shots with near perfection lighting, so the look of the film is top notch.
December 25, 2013
A woman falls in love with a stranger, marries him and moves into his home, where she discovers his peruliar collection that has him reserving a wing of his mansion to reproductions of rooms of famous murders. Interesting and downright creepy concept though the execution is not as original. Lang's filmmaking style is still evident, particularly in some nightmarish sequences, but perhaps the film has more interest in developing its themes than characters or plot in a convincing and entertaining way.
½ October 26, 2013
Obviously, Lang did not suck at directing. But this. . .this just falls apart. There is some very good tension, but it's all wasted on a nonsensical climax, followed by a brief epilogue that feels horribly tacked on.
January 3, 2013
It's overwrought with its Freudianism but it's stunning visually.
½ December 29, 2012
A good psychological thriller.
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December 4, 2012
definitely the weakest of the lang/bennett films but the very weird plot makes it worth watching. however the ending is a total copout
½ April 7, 2012
½ January 1, 2012
wonderfully hokey freudian mush
December 29, 2011
Absorbing - if ultimately rather silly - psychological thriller from Fritz Lang. Joan Bennett and Michael Redgrave are both strong in the lead roles, and it's always a pleasure to see the excellent Anne Revere in any movie.
½ December 28, 2011
Similar to Rebecca or Suspicion, here Fritz Lang gives a freudian approximation to the style of woman who is afraid of her husband. Although the photography from Fritz Lang is always excellent, the film is not one of the best of his career, and does not maintain the tension during all it length.
November 11, 2011
Fourth and last of Lang's string of Joan Bennett noirs, with our lady marrying mysterious Michael Redgrave and finding his obsession with murder quite peculiar. Not Lang's best American film, but the photography by master Stanley Cortez keeps things looking great.
½ June 18, 2011
Hygglig thriller av Fritz Lang med kvasipsykologi värdig en giallo.
June 6, 2011
There some great things about this film, and some not so great. Lang does a pretty good job of building suspense, although cheaply through the use of overly dramatic music and a ridiculous amount of smoke. Joan Bennett has a fabulous voice that is used to good effect here. There are quite a few lines that were supposed to be profound when the film was released, but are now just silly and a tad stupid.

The biggest problem with this film is the explanation of why Mark wants to kill Celia. She reminds him of a childhood trauma that his mother inflicted on him, which was, wait for it...she locked him in his bedroom when he was ten for a few hours, which clearly means he has harboured feeling of deep loathing for his mother ever since. Turns out it wasn't even his mother who locked him in, but his sister. This whole explanation as well as the thinly veiled hits dropped by the psychoanalyst during a tour of the murder rooms makes it so unbelievably implausible that the fairly strong opening is undermined.
May 29, 2011
I have seen this and would like to know where I can find it for sale.
½ April 1, 2011
Bizarre proponent of Hollywood's Gothic cycle, of which Hitchcock's "Rebecca" is the prime example, and also the main inspiration for director Lang to make this film.

Unlike "Rebecca" this film lacks rationale or even a plot that makes sense, but its odd mixture of chick flick, thriller, Freudian study, philosophical work, and above all, its excellent cinematography, give it an eerie vibe which far transcends the merits of the film on its own.

In short: it shouldn't be any good, but by a stroke of luck and/or genius, it bloody well works.
March 17, 2011
Film a suspense qui doit certainement beaucoup a Hitchcock et au mythe de Barbe Bleu. Une belle mise en scene avec style et service d'acteurs impecables.
½ February 15, 2011
OK, I'm giving this Fritz Lang 1947 pic an extra half a star just for its weirdness. The whole thing is like a murky dream with Joan Bennett's mumbled voiceover murmuring over everything. She (nor we) can't quite understand what is going on in Michael Redgrave's head -- he recreates "murder rooms" in his house for fun! What drama there is revolves around the family relationships that inevitably reveal (yes, in Freudian style) what is beyond the "door" (both literal and figurative). Then, release.
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