SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR
1948, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Director Fritz Lang jumped (with abandon) onto the 1940s Freudian bandwagon with this wildly symbolic cinematic fright ride. On a pre-wedding holiday, Joan Bennett meets the real man of her dreams (Michael Redgrave), who sweeps her off her feet and into a nightmarish honeymoon that's a cross between REBECCA and BLUEBEARD. Ridiculous but visually stunning!


HOUSE BY THE RIVER
1950, Kino Lorber, 88 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Struggling novelist Stephen Byrne (Louis Hayward) makes a play for his maid, and when she resists he impulsively murders her. Thus begins the web of evil that Byrne spins, drawing in his wife (Jane Wyatt) and brother (Lee Bowman) as his crimes pile up. Director Fritz Lang pours on the atmosphere in this eerie melodrama.


METROPOLIS (1927)
1927, Kino Lorber, 153 min, Germany, Dir: Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang's early science fiction masterpiece takes place in a future metropolis divided into two halves: a land of luxury for the rich and powerful and a subterranean nightmare for the poor workers who keep the city running. When a son of privilege falls for a worker-turned-revolutionary and discovers the hellish conditions underground, he tries to fix things, only to come up against evil genius Rotwang, who creates a "fake" Maria in order to manipulate her followers. Lang's landmark dystopian vision influenced everything from BLADE RUNNER and DARK CITY to THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.


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