The Secret Beyond The Door

  • 1948
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

After a whirlwind romance while on vacation in Mexico, young and beautiful heiress Celia (Bennett) decides to marry Mark Lamphere (Redgrave), the publisher of an architectural journal. Once the honeymoon is over, however, Celia begins to suspect that her new husband is deeply disturbed and may have murdered his first wife. This is a frustrating film for...read more

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After a whirlwind romance while on vacation in Mexico, young and beautiful heiress Celia (Bennett) decides to marry Mark Lamphere (Redgrave), the publisher of an architectural journal. Once the honeymoon is over, however, Celia begins to suspect that her new husband is deeply disturbed and

may have murdered his first wife. This is a frustrating film for fans of director Fritz Lang. While filled with stunning visuals and amazing camera moves, it suffers from bad scripting and dated psychological analysis. The structure is overly complicated and deceiving, with flashbacks and

voice-overs. Despite these problems, Lang does manage to create a fairly engrossing film. The most successful aspect of the production is the cinematography, which creates a shadowy world of false appearances, hidden meanings, and elusive truths. The musical score by Miklos Rozsa also is

fascinating. In the screening room Lang suggested that Rozsa compose the music in reverse and then when the reversed score was recorded it could be played back the other way, making the music sound normal but retaining an intangible, odd quality. The trick worked and Rozsa's score adds an eerie

and disturbing facet to the overall effect.

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