Secret Beyond the Door
Directed by Fritz Lang
I have really been eager to watch more Fritz Lang movies after the spectacular M (which, by the way, my sister is planning on watching soon because I won't "shut up about it"). I didn't know whether to expect a political movie like Metropolis or just as a thriller like M. It definitely falls in the latter category.
Now, that is a weird one. In fact, it kind of felt like a mess. Fritz Lang always seemed like he was meticulous but this movie is kind of, for lack of a better word, a clusterfuck. For instance, he kept changing who was doing the voiceovers. While this might not seem that weird, it felt very messy, particularly when you are used to the format of a film noir. The characters also seemed to contradict their personalities. Likewise, the story was a bit confusing and I had no idea where it was going half the time (not as confusing as Body Heat though, which I watched yesterday and I had to have my mom explain it to me).
Anyway, I guess my expectations were too high. I just don't really understand why this warrants a place in the book, let alone in Lang's best works.
Fritz Lang was constantly at odds with Joan Bennett.
Joan Bennett called the film "an unqualified disaster".
Not available on Netflix or YouTube; you will have to buy it. It was kind of a waste of money.