This gruesome and bizarre shocker of a film is one of the most notorious in all of silent cinema. Part brutal tabloid drama of rape and retribution and part WW1 propaganda, it pits Hobart Bosworth, a German-American sailor, against Wallace Beery, a sadistic German U-boat commander. The violence is graphic and disturbing.
Until recently, Behind the Door existed only in an incomplete print together with some outtakes preserved in Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and some decayed sections of the film held in the Russian National Film Archive. Led by Rob Byrne of San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Behind the Door has been reconstructed from these two sources and the finished version, complete with its original tintings, premiered in 2016.
Part of A Day of Silent Film at Hyde Park Picture House including: Cartoon Carnival, Soviet comedy The House on Trubnaya Street, crime thriller The Four Just Men and Cecile B DeMille's smash hit Chicago.
SINGLE TICKETS: £8.50 (adults), £7.50 (conc.), £7.00 (members)
AS PART OF DAY PASS: £22 (adults), £20 (conc.), £17 (members) - please telephone on 0113 275 2045 to buy a pass.
Performing live: Meg Morley (piano)
Directed by Irvin Willat, USA, 1919, 70 mins.