BEHIND THE DOOR (1919)
Recently restored by the Library of Congress, Gosfilmofond Russian State Archive and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, 1919's BEHIND THE DOOR surprises with its nightmarish imagery and brutal violence, while its depiction of nativist xenophobia feels relevant nearly one hundred years later. German-American ship's captain Hobart Bosworth dukes it out with an angry mob of his fellow villagers, whipped into a frenzy by anti-German propaganda during the Great War. Having proved his mettle at home, a greater challenge awaits him after his ship is captured by the sadistic U-boat captain Wallace Beery, who makes off with Bosworth's wife Jane Novak. DIR Irvin Willat; SCR Luther Reed, from the story by Gouverneur Morris; PROD Thomas H. Ince. U.S., 1919, b&w, 70 min. NOT RATED
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